Signs of Life After Death

When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things can still be ticking right along—cells and processes ignorant of the fate of the whole organism. And some things—such as developmental genes—even kick into gear.

This video explores what scientists are learning about what happens inside our bodies after we die—and how it could lead to everything from better organ transplants to accurately estimating time of death.