What if…

… injecting brain dead people with stem cells actually works?

Yes, it’s a thing: Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission to Use Stem Cells to Reactivate the Brains of the Dead

I mean, sure, what could go wong?

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is Zombies. In fact, scientists in this project are hoping that simple functions like breathing and regulating body temperature come back, which means that machines can be switched off and the person/body can live on.

But taking this deeper, what will happen to memories, even if the brain can be restarted? It’s likely that memories are wiped since they are stored in an active brain, not in passive connections. Which means the personality won’t exist as it did before.

So bringing back a brain might not bring back the person loved by the families. This could simply be a human who just looks like the person that existed before. Who maybe moves like them. But that might be all. Why would anyone do this?

And why would they – still following the line of thought – subject a person to relearning everything in life? Are we this afraid of death?

Which in turn creates tons of story ideas – at least in my brain. How about yours?

I love how inspiration is everywhere.

About Hannah Steenbock

Hannah Steenbock is an author, dreamer, and coach. She has published several short stories in English and German, as well as one novel in German. In 2013 she started self-publishing her work. In 2014, she has won two awards for her short story "Sequoia".
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