Neuroscientist claims head transplants now a realistic procedure
By Adario Strange | DVICE
We can grow ears in the lab, restore hearing and sight in many cases, and fully working robotic prosthetic hands are now a reality. So it seems like was only a matter of time before we conquered the most outlandish of all medical feats ever imagined: a full human head transplant.
In a paper published in the June issue of Surgical Neurology International, researchers describe a method of actually transplanting a human head through advanced neurosurgery. Creepily code-named HEAVEN/GEMINI (Head Anastomosis Venture with Cord Fusion) the process is outlined by Dr. Sergio Canavero of Italy’s Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group.
According to the paper, the one hurdle preventing successful attempts before was the inability to attach a head’s spine to a donor body. However, Canavero’s writes, "It is my contention that the technology only now exists for such linkage. This paper sketches out a possible human scenario and outlines the technology to reconnect the severed cord…"
The paper, which describes experiments carried out in the ’70s on animals that had limited success, states that success would now be achievable through the use of special membrane-fusion substances called fusogens. According to Canavero, the body donor would need to be "a brain dead patient, matched for height and build."
Canavero’s paper makes for fascinating reading, especially when it delves into ethical and genetic topics. Canavero writes, "The HEAVEN created ’chimera’ would carry the mind of the recipient but, should he or she reproduce, the offspring would carry the genetic inheritance of the donor." And while some might cringe at such a scenario, Canavero himself admits, "I have not addressed the ethical aspects of HEAVEN."
Read the full article at: dvice.com
Top Image: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, 1959 science-fiction/horror film
Would A Human Head Transplant Be Ethical?
By Susie Neilson | POPSCI
A couple professors sound off about the ethics of transplanting one human’s head onto another human’s body.
Two days ago, we reported on a controversial paper by Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri about human head transplants. The paper, entitled “HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project outline for the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage,” makes a claim straight out of science fiction: that the technology required for successful human-head transplantation is finally here, and that it could be used to help people with irreparable damage to their bodies and spinal cords.
But is it ethical?
Before human head transplantation could enter the realm of consideration, scientists would have to perform multiple successful experiments on primates, Stephen Latham, a bioethicist at Yale University, says. And none of those, he believes, would be condoned by any reasonable ethics committee.
But say the primate experiments did pass the ethics test. And so did the human trials. The fact remains that a head transplant is a bit outrageous for the needs of most patients, Latham says. In the case of quadriplegics, or individuals with full-body paralysis, scientists would perform less invasive surgical procedures before they attempted to replace the patient’s entire body, he says. “If you’d have the technology to attach spinal columns, you’d have certainly developed the technology to repair somebody’s broken spinal column,” he says, laughing.
Which gets at another ethical quandary: doctors might be motivated to perform head-switching operations for all the wrong reasons, Dr. Christopher Scott, a bioethicist and regenerative medicine expert at Stanford, worries. “You’d have to make sure the motivations are around a true medical need, and not some desire to be famous,” he says. “These questions have been raised before, in procedures like face transplants.”
In true bioethicist fashion, Scott notes that the surgery would raise some thorny philosophical questions, chief among them what makes us human: “What is the donor and what’s the recipient?” he says. “We all have an idea of personhood, right? Of what a person is. You know, a baby or a human becomes a person. And this procedure turns it on its head. Is this a person that the body belongs to, or the person the head belongs to? It’s a chimera, a hybrid person. …Those are some of the deeper questions that we should have a real discussion about."
Article from: popsci.com
The fact is that this type of manipulation and experimentation is not new by any means. During wartime the Nazis did experiments on their human captors that would turn the stomach of the most hardened individual. Not to be outdone, the Russians did reanimation experiments in the 30s and 40s by means of an “artificial blood circulation system”. Below we see one of these disturbing experiments (warning, this is alleged to be real footage and is not for the faint of heart): Source
Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) Part 1
HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project outline for the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage (GEMINI)
Vegetative man tells doctors ‘I’m not in pain’ via MRI communication
Bedside test finds awareness in vegetative brains
’Thought reading’ brings hope for vegetative state patients
Low Doses of THC Can Halt Brain Damage
Study Explains How The Brain Puts Us To Sleep
Obama launches research initiative to study human brain
Human Brain Cells Make Mice Smart
University creates first wireless, implanted brain-computer interface
Ethics of uterus transplants debated
Russian research project offers ’immortality’ to billionaires - by transplanting their brains into robot bodies
Doctors Transplant Vein Grown from Patient’s Own Cells
Rising Obesity May Lead to Shortage of Organs for Transplantation
Doctors replace woman’s missing thumb with big toe transplant (Graphic image)
Spanish hospital claims world’s first full face transplant
Latest News from our Front Page
Wotan: The Archetype of the Awakened Aryan Man
Wotan/Woden/Odin represents the archetype of the questing and awakened Aryan man, in particular the questing and awakened Germanic man.
Whilst it is clear from our studies of Germanic mythology that Wotan was not the original primary God of the Germanic pantheon – that honour rests with Tiw/Tyr/Ziu – nevertheless, Wotan represents that questing and awakened part of the Aryo-Germanic soul more than any other deity.
In this article I wish to focus ...
Worker fired over hospital's hardline vaccination policy
Three others suspended under Waikato DHBâ€™s new rule requiring staff to be vaccinated or wear a mask.
One worker has now been sacked for defying a new hard-line policy forcing unvaccinated Waikato District Health Board staff to get flu jabs or wear masks.
A number of staff at the DHB have come forward with concerns since the Weekend Herald revealed that three ...
Bulgaria keeps out migrants with a 50 mile razor wire fence along Turkish border
Keep out: Police chief Ivan Stoyanov at the fenceStretching far into the horizon, this is the super-fence blocking thousands of migrants hoping for a new life in Europe.
As police in Calais struggle to contain thousands trying to storm the Eurotunnel in their desperation to get into Britain, the Bulgarian authorities are shoring up their border with Turkey.
The barriers around the ...
DF wants video to tell refugees to stay away
“If you want to seek happiness in Europe, Denmark is not the right place.”
That’s the message that the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DF) wants to send loud and clear to asylum seekers.
DF spokesman Martin Henriksen is calling on Denmark to replicate Australia by releasing a video in English and Arabic that will discourage asylum seekers from making their way ...
Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.
In its place a "participation society" is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government.
|More News » |