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Scientists have found genes that are activated after the death

According to some scientists, death cannot be defined as the process of stopping the life of an organism.

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Researchers have found that there are dormant genes in the human body that can be activated several hours or even days after death. However, why and how this happens remains a mystery.

“We really don’t know anything about what happens when you die,” says Peter Noble, a former professor at the University of Alabama.

A gene is a set of chemical instructions created from DNA that tell the body how to work. When a gene is activated, chemical instructions are transcribed by our RNA, and human cells begin to use this copied sequence as a framework for building complex molecules.

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Noble and colleagues at the University of Washington tested a technique for measuring gene activity.

They used tissue from the recently deceased zebrafish. Scientists expected to see a steady decrease in new copies of genes that occurs as cell activity decreases. However, they noticed that approximately 1% of the genes came to life, as if the cells were preparing to build something.

Scientists attributed this to the error of the devices, but repeated experiments confirmed an impossible theory: genes became active several hours or even days after the death of the body.

Later, a group of researchers led by Roderick Guigo of the Barcelona Center for Genomic Regulation discovered posthumous gene activity in humans.

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The authors of the study concluded that death is a more subtle process than previously thought. It does not mean that all billions of body cells stop working instantly.

Researchers cannot name the reason why genes are activated after death.

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Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.