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In his paper, Canavero argued spinal cord surgery has advanced to the point where attaching a human head onto a new body Frankenstein-style is actually medically possible. He also outlined the procedure, noting that an ultra-sharp cut through the spinal cord would be necessary to enable a later reattachment. “It is this ‘clean cut’ (that is) the key to spinal cord fusion, in that it allows proximally severed axons to be ‘fused’ with their distal counterparts,” Canavero wrote. Following this precise cut, the procedure entails mechanical fusion between the donor and recipient using plastics like polyethylene glycol (PEG), Canavero said. The combination of a clean cut and tight synthesis enables the body to naturally fix other severed connections, he added. Similar procedures were famously attempted during the 1970s with rhesus monkeys. While the Franken-monkeys did show signs of organ function, the primates ended up paralyzed below the point of the procedure.
Doctor Sergio Canavero says that it is no longer science fiction and that the only reason he hasnt gone further is funding.
Originally posted by olaru12
What happens when you put a male head on a female body? Or vise versa....
Originally posted by caladonea
reply to post by Lady_Tuatha
I am thinking that if a person has a head transplant and it is successful;
they will have in their new brain all the memories and information etc.
of the person who used to have that head.
They will no longer have the memories of their former brain.
So...how actually would head transplants serve humanity in a positive way?
Originally posted by littled16
reply to post by Ophiuchus 13
Oh I just loved that movie!
When my body wears out if the kids want to keep my head they can just put it in a jar of pickle juice and set it on the mantle. it will make an interesting conversation piece I think!