The heart stops beating.
Breathing and blood circulation are interrupted, the biochemical cascades at work in a living body slow down, the cells are extinguished.
Such is the death of an organism, a process that is certainly progressive, but whose consequences very quickly become irreversible.
Techniques exist to compensate for circulatory failures in a patient for the time to treat him or, if he cannot be saved, to best preserve his organs so that they can become functional grafts.
But they have their limits, and must be applied within minutes of cardiac arrest, otherwise the damage is too great.
A team from Yale University has just achieved a feat, succeeding in canceling or even reversing cellular processes even one hour after death.
Work carried out on the pig which will not allow tomorrow to wake the dead, but which is already full of promise...
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