Lessons from ‘Living Cadavers’

The dead, the headlines read, might soon be brought back to life.

As pop-science headlines tend to, they blew the actual research proposal out of proportion, but the premise is real: The ReAnima Project recently received “ethical permission” from the government of India to take 20 patients who’ve been declared clinically brain dead, and try to restore a limited range of brain functions using cutting-edge neuroscience techniques.

When we get past the knee-jerk references to zombies and …read more