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Head transplant update

Postby Pyrrho » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:17 pm

http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/01/a-head ... ormed.html

Sergio Canavero said researchers led by Xiaoping Ren at Harbin Medical University, China, have carried out a head transplant on a monkey. They connected up the blood supply between the head and the new body, but did not attempt to connect the spinal cord. Canavero says the experiment, which repeats the work of Robert White in the US in 1970, demonstrates that if the head is cooled to -15 °C, a monkey can survive the procedure without suffering brain injury.

“The monkey fully survived the procedure without any neurological injury of whatever kind,” says Canavero, adding that it was kept alive for only 20 hours after the procedure for ethical reasons. New Scientist was, however, unable to obtain further details on this experiment.

“We’ve done a pilot study testing some ideas about how to prevent injury,” says Ren, whose work is sponsored by the Chinese government. He and his team have also performed experiments on human cadavers in preparation for carrying out the surgery, he says.


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Re: Head transplant update

Postby ed » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:27 pm

The russians put a dog head on another dog ages ago.
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Re: Head transplant update

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:32 pm

ed wrote:The russians put a dog head on another dog ages ago.


Yeah but there was neurological injury. :P
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Re: Head transplant update

Postby Doctor X » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:15 pm

So being a vent-dependent quad is "without any neurological injury of whatever kind."

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Re: Head transplant update

Postby Witness » Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:14 am

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