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The dawn of the Frankenstein(s)?

  1. Jun 24, 2017 #1
    Head transplant team reports success in rats
    Sergio Canavero and his team, who plan to carry out the first head transplant later this year, say they have successfully repaired severed spinal cords in rats, using the proposed technique.

    Italian neurosurgeon Canavero has drawn widespread criticism since announcing plans to perform the first human head transplant. The controversial procedure is due to take place in December. :confused:


    https://www.univadis.co.uk/viewarti...eng-gb_20170113&utm_content=1472515&utm_term=
     
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  4. Jun 24, 2017 #3
    and what do you want to ask?
     
  5. Jun 24, 2017 #4
    Well about the plausability of it becoming real.
     
  6. Jun 24, 2017 #5

    BillTre

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    A head transplant would be much more complex than merely recovering from a spinal cord transection.
    Besides recovering the connections going up and down the spinal cord, there would also be matching up and recovering function of the peripheral nerves, the vasculature, and many structural features like muscle, tendons, ligaments, esophagus, etc.
    These would all have to work for a reasonably independent existence.
     
  7. Jun 24, 2017 #6

    berkeman

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    The paper is about experimenting with repairing spinal cord transection, not about head transplants.
    As @BillTre says, there is a lot more involved in any attempts at a head transplant.

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  8. Jun 24, 2017 #7

    berkeman

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    Thread re-opened.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2017 #8
    It wont (it have problem just like the clone) (people wont like it)
     
  10. Jun 24, 2017 #9

    jim mcnamara

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    This topic is very near the edge of acceptable for PF - I'm not competent to say it is completely impossible. The Frankenstein hyperbole in the thread title is not really acceptable, but let's let it pass for a while. If the thread goes off the deep end it gets deleted.
     
  11. Jun 24, 2017 #10

    jim mcnamara

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    From the news link you posted:
    Science is not about headlines.
     
  12. Jun 27, 2017 #11

    rbelli1

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    No pun intended right?

    From the point of view of the patient wouldn't this be a body transplant?

    BoB
     
  13. Jun 28, 2017 #12

    jim mcnamara

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    I did not see that.... Oops.
     
  14. Jun 28, 2017 #13

    berkeman

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    Me neither, LOL.
     
  15. Jun 28, 2017 #14

    BillTre

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    Depends on which patient.
    However, a patient without a head probably does not have much of a viewpoint, I guess.
     
  16. Jun 28, 2017 #15

    rbelli1

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    I would hope by that time the moniker "patient" no longer really applies to the body donor.

    BoB
     
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