When you’re dead, you’re dead, right?
Not if your genes have anything to say about it. A team of microbiologists from the University of Washington studied gene activity in recently dead mice and fish. They found that the activity of over 1000 genes increases after death with the activity of some genes increasing as much as 24 and 48 hours after death. The genes with increased activity related to stress, inflammation and development, among others.
So after you die, you’re likely to be anxious, itchy and grow new limbs. Zombie literature has it all wrong.
What do zombie genes have to do with intellectual property law? Not a thing. Happy Halloween!
1 With a tip of the hat to the September 21, 1897 editorial in The (New York) Sun
— Robert Yarbrough, Esq.