"A severely brain-damaged woman in an unresponsive, vegetative state showed clear signs of conscious awareness on brain imaging tests, researchers are reporting today, in a finding that could have far-reaching consequences for how unconscious patients are cared for and diagnosed."
We should not generalize this case-study too much. Still, if there were a scientific test that showed that a DNA test used to convict murderers on death row may be inaccurate, wouldn't there be plenty of people shouting for us to reconsidering our protocols for testing crime scenes? And if we try to protect suspected murderers to that degree, shouldn't we be perhaps be a little more careful in offing patients? Just a thought.
Addendum: Here's WaPo's version of the story .