Italian surgeon thinks human head transplant could happen by 2017

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  1. kinneyjames

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    Would you do it?

    http://www.newscientist.com/article...ppen-in-two-years.html?full=true#.VO4w05FZ9eH

    A radical plan for transplanting a head onto someone else’s body is set to be announced. But is such ethically sensitive surgery even feasible?

    IT'S heady stuff. The world's first attempt to transplant a human head will be launched this year at a surgical conference in the US. The move is a call to arms to get interested parties together to work towards the surgery.

    The idea was first proposed in 2013 by Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy. He wants to use the surgery to extend the lives of people whose muscles and nerves have degenerated or whose organs are riddled with cancer. Now he claims the major hurdles, such as fusing the spinal cord and preventing the body's immune system from rejecting the head, are surmountable, and the surgery could be ready as early as 2017.

    Canavero plans to announce the project at the annual conference of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons (AANOS) in Annapolis, Maryland, in June. Is society ready for such momentous surgery? And does the science even stand up?

    The first successful head transplant, in which one head was replaced by another, was carried out in 1970. A team led by Robert White at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, transplanted the head of one monkey onto the body of another. They didn't attempt to join the spinal cords, though, so the monkey couldn't move its body, but it was able to breathe with artificial assistance. The monkey lived for nine days until its immune system rejected the head. Although few head transplants have been carried out since, many of the surgical procedures involved have progressed. "I think we are now at a point when the technical aspects are all feasible," says Canavero.

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    Another hurdle will be finding a country to approve such a transplant. Canavero would like to do the experiment in the US, but believes it might be easier to get approval somewhere in Europe. "The real stumbling block is the ethics," he says. "Should this surgery be done at all? There are obviously going to be many people who disagree with it."

    Patricia Scripko, a neurologist and bioethicist at the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in California, says that many of the ethical implications related to the surgery depend on how you define human life. "I believe that what is specifically human is held within the higher cortex. If you modify that, then you are not the same human and you should question whether it is ethical. In this case, you're not altering the cortex." However, she adds that many cultures would not approve of the surgery because of their belief in a human soul that is not confined to the brain.

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    At my age I might need a new head in a couple years.
    But would prefer to put me old fat head on a new body.
    Preferably female so I can play mith my pussy.:)
     
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    When will Isis address this?
     
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    It will happen sooner than later.
     
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    Black head on a white, Asian on Jew, Mexican on German....the possibilities are endless
     
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    Human head on a Dawg.
     
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    From the same country that pioneered manned flight to the Sun (by going at night!)
     
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    Also from the same country that installs 18 reverse gears into their tanks for easier retreating
     
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    Imagine that conversation.
    Honey, what do you think about going in for a head transplant ?
     
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    So i find an 18 year old with same blood type, shoot him in the head and then have my head transplanted on to his body? Genius! Then I can have my ol' lady's head transplanted onto an 18 year olds body, wait that won't work it would still be her mouth.
     
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    Where does Howard sign up?
     
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    Wouldn't that be a body transplant? When you wake up, you're gonna have a different body, not head.
     
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    I hope this means that paralysis from spinal cord injuries will also be a thing of the past by 2017.
     
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    Good point. :jj:
     
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    Most people are missing that.
     
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    The wig has man boobs and birthing hips with the ugliest fucking bald head ever

    He would need a new body and a new head
     
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    All the mistakes humans make in science fiction seem to become reality. Transplanting heads will lead to no good somewhere down the road.
     
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    Would an old head on a young body look young again after a while?