Neuroscientists Offered $100,000 to Preserve a Human Brain

By on February 15, 2016 // Science // 0 Comments

Image: N. Gupta, NIH via CC by 2.0
Image: N. Gupta, NIH via CC by 2.0

Can a brain be revived after death? We may soon find out, as The Brain Preservation Foundation is now offering a $100,000 prize to any ambitious neuroscientists out there who can preserve a human brain.

According to The Daily Mail, “the brain must be able to be preserved for more than 100 years in a way that keeps its functions running normally and efficiently.” Researcher Shawn Mikula of Germany and California research company 21st Century Medicine are already on the job — the former is working on a “chemical fixing process,” while the latter is focusing on cryopreservation.

In fact, 21st Century Medicine has already had success using this method with a rabbit brain.

Personally, I’m not sure it’s wise to preserve human brains. I mean, if science fiction has taught me anything, it’s that doing so ultimately leads to some kind of nightmarish telepathic horror scenario. I guess we’ll see what happens.

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