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2012-06-13 12:57:00 AM
Recovered from a 17-day corpse.

Sounds like that took real BRRRAAAAAAIIIIINNNNNNSSSSSS
 
2012-06-13 02:04:40 AM
Step 2. Experiment on the population by randomly implanting these stem cells in various people. Offer cookies to people willing to help you with your experiments.
 
2012-06-13 03:10:47 AM
As long as we have 18 year old cheerleaders with chainsaws, I think we'll be okay.

/Lollipop Chainsaw is friggen awesome.
 
2012-06-13 03:39:19 AM
Can't read it cause of Gawker's shiatty site. Anyone care to give a breakdown?
 
2012-06-13 04:18:09 AM

Raw_fishFood: As long as we have 18 year old cheerleaders with chainsaws, I think we'll be okay.


Hell yes. I just spent all day playing that game. It's amazingly fun and hilarious to boot.

i.imgur.com
 
2012-06-13 04:38:27 AM
So, you're telling me the body's cells might be feasibly salvageable for up to two weeks after death, with a temporary torpor and a small penalty to their constitution?

Arneson and Gygax nail it again, those magnificent bastards.
 
2012-06-13 05:04:30 AM
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http://edge.ebaumsworld.com/picture/Kill_yourself/jesus_boolol.jpg
 
2012-06-13 05:17:58 AM
Zombies violate the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
 
2012-06-13 05:46:30 AM
Pffft, amateurs. The author lacks knowledge of this woman's remarkable cells:
www2.citypaper.com
 
2012-06-13 07:27:34 AM

Paris1127: Pffft, amateurs. The author lacks knowledge of this woman's remarkable cells:


Yes, there's a certain something that this story Lacks in comparison.
 
2012-06-13 08:11:15 AM

Paris1127: Pffft, amateurs. The author lacks knowledge of this woman's remarkable cells:
[www2.citypaper.com image 200x512]


Staying alive in a carcass is a lot different than staying alive in a well-maintained cell culture line.
 
2012-06-13 08:13:27 AM
You mean all the cells of your body don't suddenly self-destruct all at the same time when you're declared dead?!?!?! Color me shocked!

/Although 17 days is kinda cool.
 
2012-06-13 08:24:25 AM
"Now... PLAIN apocalypse!"
 
2012-06-13 10:05:02 AM
17 days? I hate to rain on your parade, but those cells aren't going to last 17 hours. Game over.
 
2012-06-13 10:23:56 AM
Mom. This voting booth smells like two-week-old dead people.
 
2012-06-13 12:23:21 PM

RoxtarRyan: Can't read it cause of Gawker's shiatty site. Anyone care to give a breakdown?


Same story on a different site.
 
2012-06-13 12:35:05 PM

Ivo Shandor: RoxtarRyan: Can't read it cause of Gawker's shiatty site. Anyone care to give a breakdown?

Same story on a different site.


Many thanks, kind sir!
 
2012-06-13 12:40:44 PM
There was a couple articles a while back (too lazy to google and link...sorry) that discussed recent findings about cell death. The gist of it was that cells (brain cells, in particular) just don't die off within minutes or even hours of losing oxygen, but rather go into a shutdown mode.

The trouble occurs when the cells are reintroduced to oxygen after they go into this shutdown mode (e.g. CPR, etc)...as they "start-up" again, the body's "self-dsutrcut" mechanisms kick in and the cells are destroyed then.

Research has been focused on new resuscitation techniques that prevent the cells from being destroyed when they are reintroduced to oxygen.

All in all, it came across as pretty interesting stuff. Please forgive me if I mis-remembered parts of it.

/not a doctor/biologist
 
2012-06-13 02:33:29 PM
I'm just sitting here, golf clapping subby.
 
2012-06-13 05:04:02 PM
I thought it was intravenous use of Lea & Perrins®.
 
2012-06-13 05:11:28 PM

Nuclear Monk: There was a couple articles a while back (too lazy to google and link...sorry) that discussed recent findings about cell death. The gist of it was that cells (brain cells, in particular) just don't die off within minutes or even hours of losing oxygen, but rather go into a shutdown mode.

The trouble occurs when the cells are reintroduced to oxygen after they go into this shutdown mode (e.g. CPR, etc)...as they "start-up" again, the body's "self-dsutrcut" mechanisms kick in and the cells are destroyed then.

Research has been focused on new resuscitation techniques that prevent the cells from being destroyed when they are reintroduced to oxygen.

All in all, it came across as pretty interesting stuff. Please forgive me if I mis-remembered parts of it.

/not a doctor/biologist


Oxidative stress. There are a number of enzymatic systems in our bodies that detoxify the reactive oxygen and free radical species that are normally generated in metabolism. These enzymes need energy (through oxidative phosphorylation) to function, so one would assume without these energy sources reactive species build up, causing damage to the cells. Reintroduction of oxygen to anoxic tissues is always delicate, because not only are you dealing with cellular issues at the micro level, but also systemic/organ reactions where the body is dumping stress proteins and phospolipids into the bloodstream.

Since temperature is always a factor in enzymatic reactions, it's one reason why hypothermic revivification is less damaging to the brain and other tissues - the destructive processes are slowed down considerably (as is cell death via anoxia).

Then there's also apoptosis, or programmed cell death, which is how the body normally disposes of dying or developmental components (it's also a part of embryologic development, which is why we don't have webbed fingers and toes). Apoptosis is controlled by enzymatic and cellular systems and is to a certain degree, reversible. Runaway cell death (necrosis) is not.

/Not a doctor, but researched oxidative stress
 
2012-06-14 12:44:49 AM
That's nothing. I know from personal experience that corpses are sexually active months after death. Hubba hubba.
 
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