For years it has been a common knowledge that if the heart fails, it still has chances of getting revived; but if someone’s brain fails, it cannot be resurrected. However, new hope is peeking in the horizon as a US-based Biotech company has been given permission to test out the brain death reversal project.
For years it has been a common knowledge that if heart fails, it still has chances of getting revived; but if someone’s brain fails, it cannot be resurrected. However, new hope is peeking from the horizon as a collaborative project of biotech companies, Bioquark Inc. and Revita Life Sciences, of the US and India respectively, has been given permission to test out the brain death reversal project.
According to Financial Express, Dr. Himanshu Bansal will act as the chief investigator, leading a team of scientists from both USA and India to use a ReAnima technique or multimodality approach to bring signs of activity back to lifeless brain cells. The efforts to get an approval for the project had been turned down until now, on ethical grounds. Only recently the review boards of both America and India have given them the green signal and they are all set to test out their theory on real-life subjects.
The first stage of the project, called “First In Human Neuro-Regeneration and Neuro-Reanimation” will be carried out in Anupam Hospital, in Uttarakhand, India.
In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Dr. Bansal commented on this Indo-USA project:
“This project is Multi-Modality Approach to reverse brain death. We are trying to reverse brain death in this project while treating patients with laser, with regular infusion of stem cells and stimulation along with biotic peptide. I am associated with this project as a principle investigator and the project will be done in Anupam Hospital. I own the hospital, it is situated in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.”
However, the process is going to be a pretty lengthy and intricate one, since both Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark has been given strict orders to follow a number of rules and regulations so as to not violate both national as well as international ethics laws. They are allowed to select 20 individuals for conducting the test, who have been verifiably declared as brain dead and whose bodies are kept “alive” solely on life support systems.
However, not everyone is optimistic about this new-age experiment. Dr. Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist at the Cardiff University’s Centre for Medical Education, commented: “While there have been numerous demonstrations in recent years that the human brain and nervous system may not be as fixed and irreparable as is typically assumed, the idea that brain death could be easily reversed seems very far-fetched, given our current abilities and understanding of neuroscience.”
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