A prominent research lab at MIT has terminated its relationship with Nectome, a new startup with the stated mission of preserving human brains such that they can be digitised and uploaded into a computer in the future, effectively bringing the dead back to life. But while MIT has chosen to distance itself from the for-profit company, it hasn't completely dismissed the futuristic prospect.
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Using a technique developed three years ago, researchers from MIT and 21st Century Medicine have shown that it's possible to preserve the microscopic structures contained within a large mammalian brain. The breakthrough means scientists now have the means to store and study samples of the human brain over longer timescales - but the method could eventually, maybe, be used to resurrect the dead.