Image by Robina Weermeijer through Unsplash/ FuturismWhen you pass away, the majority of the cells in your brain will slowly flicker out. Some, according to a brand-new research study, will become extremely active, growing to brand-new sizes for numerous hours after death.Its morbid to think about your brain ending up being more active after youre gone, but the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scientists behind the discovery stressed in a press release that it does not indicate individuals are conscious or that the so-called “zombie genes” that activate this neural activity might do anything as dramatic as reawakening the dead.Instead, the research study, which was released Tuesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, has major implications for the way neuroscientists study the brain– especially when those research studies rely on human tissue samples.Specifically, the team discovered that glial cells– which arent straight connected to neural activity but provide a support system for the brain– activated, swelled up, and even grew new appendages right as the other cells around them passed away off.”That glial cells increase the size of after death isnt too surprising considered that they are inflammatory and their task is to clean things up after brain injuries like oxygen deprivation or stroke,” research study coauthor Dr. Jeffrey Loeb, head of neurology and rehabilitation at the UIC College of Medicine, said in journalism release.That presents a bit of an issue for the field, because much of the research that researchers have actually done on neurological conditions like brain injuries or Alzheimers Disease is carried out on brain tissue collected after death or surgery, and runs under the presumption that brain cells just pass away off like any other, Loeb added.”Our findings dont imply that we need to get rid of human tissue research study programs, it just means that researchers need to take into account these hereditary and cellular changes, and decrease the post-mortem interval as much as possible to reduce the magnitude of these modifications,” Loeb said in the release. “The great news from our findings is that we now know which genes and cell types are stable, which deteriorate, and which increase over time so that results from postmortem brain studies can be much better understood.”As a Futurism reader, we welcome you join the Singularity Global Community, our moms and dad businesss forum to go over futuristic science & & innovation with like-minded people from all over the world. Its totally free to sign up with, register now!
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