Scientists at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), United States, pointed out that the human brain does not die completely as we imagine. According to the research, “zombie” cells develop to the point of creating a kind of tentacles after death.

I know, it sounds bizarre, but it's science! The death we know comes from human beliefs, many of which even point to a new life outside the physical way. However, the life that scientists discovered has nothing to do with it, it’s just another novelty of Human Body, more specifically of an organ that is still very little known.  

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Scientists discover zombie cells in the human brain. Image: Olhar Digital

A search it was done when the UIC team simulated a postmortem environment in brain tissue taken from routine surgery. Analyzing the genetic expression of the tissue, it can be seen that glial cells, a specific type of cell that is part of our nervous system, grew in absurd proportions. The team also noted that this cell it took approximately 12 hours after death to reach its maximum size and, in this scenario, it had developed tentacles that look like a kind of "arms".

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Jeffrey Loeb, author of the study and head of neurology at the UIC School of Medicine, said that glial cells expanding after death did not surprise scientists, but that the implications of the discovery were important.

The team responsible for the research published in the journal Scientific Reports He said that from now on, scientists need to think about genetic and cellular changes when carrying out postmortem studies in the brain. And with the recent discovery, it is possible to get an idea of ​​which genes and cell types in the brain degrade, remain stable, or even continue to develop. For the UIC team, the study opens the door to the investigations of neuroscientists.

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