But what if we could restart the body after it shuts down?
The ReAnima Project, a project to assess the possibility of regenerating the brains of dead people, has just received approval from an Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health in the US and in India.
Bioquark Inc., the brains behind ReAnima (sorry, bad pun), was given the go-ahead to work with 20 patients already declared clinically dead from traumatic brain injury to test whether parts of their central nervous system can be brought back to life.
Through the use of different therapies, the company will try to revive patients who are only kept alive through life support. These therapies include injecting the brain with stem cells and a cocktail of peptides, as well as deploying lasers and nerve stimulation techniques that have been shown to bring patients out of comas.
This is the exact technology that I imagined and described in The Good Shabti, the début novella published last year by Jurassic London. In my story, the process is called Triple-R: Reinvigoration, Reingnition, Resuscitation. The scientists first inject the brain and other parts of the body with a patented solution that invigourates the organs; then they jump-start the dead brain by reconnecting synaptic connections.
Of course, in The Good Shabti the subject of the experiment is not a biologically alive patient, but a long dead Pharaoh…
No word is wasted … exciting and enthralling
The Good Shabti is available as a limited edition hardback (probably all sold out now, to be honest) and an e-book.