Is it possible to restart dead cells?
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16-08-2013, 01:12 AM
Is it possible to restart dead cells?
A creationist asked me: "Since all life is is a complex chemical reaction, then we should be able to use chemicals to restart dead cells." My guess here is that after death the molecules of our cells decay and fall apart meaning that to can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Am I right, half-right, or not right at all?
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16-08-2013, 01:33 AM
RE: Is it possible to restart dead cells?
There is a woman who died in the 50's who's cells are still alive today.


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16-08-2013, 01:36 AM
RE: Is it possible to restart dead cells?
In theory yes, but your creationist is missing on how complex this "complex reaction" actually is... So it's not as simple as it may seem.

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16-08-2013, 02:12 AM
RE: Is it possible to restart dead cells?
It may be possible, but only if you manage to stop the decay process after death. The decay process eats away all the important information.

Freezing causes ice crystals to form which ruptures cell membranes. Freezing still offers the possibility of data recovery, and if technology was advanced enough with nano tech, etc... then it may be possible to put humpty dumpty back together again.

I've always viewed life as a complex peice of software running in our heads.

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16-08-2013, 02:22 AM
RE: Is it possible to restart dead cells?
(16-08-2013 01:12 AM)THEDEATHBERRY22 Wrote:  A creationist asked me: "Since all life is is a complex chemical reaction, then we should be able to use chemicals to restart dead cells." My guess here is that after death the molecules of our cells decay and fall apart meaning that to can't put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Am I right, half-right, or not right at all?

They obviously underestimate just how complex a cell is and how long the reactions and such are.

Strictly speaking, it could be possible to reboot a recently dead cell. So long as you can introduce some of the specialised enzymes which operate the cell (repair enzymes, ligase, helicase, polymerase and ribosomes to kick-start protein synthesis, etc etc.) you could, quite possibly, restore a cell to functioning condition.
... Just so long as the cell is not ruptured or denatured.

(16-08-2013 01:33 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  There is a woman who died in the 50's who's cells are still alive today.

I'd bet you are talking about the HeLa cells, correct?

So long as a cell is given enough nutrients and materials so that it can synthesise proteins (to self-repair) and can generate energy (synthesise ATP), hypothetically, they could 'live' forever.

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16-08-2013, 03:00 AM
RE: Is it possible to restart dead cells?
Yes, it's possible. I've seen it in the movies.


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