If we can figure out how to do gradual and safe reperfusion of the cells, will this change the definition of death? This would be a incredible advance, similar to when CPR became standard practice.
In a similar vein, the International Network for the Definition of Death, an affiliate of the International Association of Bioethics, is having its 5th International Symposium, and is devoted to the discussion of the ethical and medical issues associated with:
|diagnosis and differentiation of brain death, coma, and persistent vegetative state|
|differentiation of anencephaly and other severe neurological deficits from brain death|
|organ transplantation and termination of treatment decisions for the brain-dead and neurologically impaired|
|philosophical issues of personhood and rights related to the status of the brain dead and neurologically impaired.|
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