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I've been aware that head transplants have been done successfully on animals. Successfully as in the head remains alive. Nobody has been able to fully reattach spinal nerves and and there is almost certainly going to be a rejection that requires massive amounts of drugs to suppress the response.

I don't know how he is going to be able to move his limbs. I think it's definitely very interesting but also sort of useless. With all those viable organs in one body, you can save many people in need of those organs. Instead, this guy will get it. He probably won't even be able to move if the drugs and the rejection don't kill him and the head survives the transplant procedure itself. Frankly, I see it as wasteful even though I want to see the results.

What do you guys think?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3029376/Russian-volunteer-head-transplant-operation-Valery-Spiridonov-says-no-choice-undergo-7-5million-procedure-controversial-Italian-surgeon-Dr-Sergio-Canavero.html
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Properly fusing the spinal cord sounds extremely tricky, if not borderline impossible. The article says they believe it possible, but I wish they'd go into a little further detail.

I definitely feel that the organs from the body should go to where they are most needed, saving as many lives as possible rather than just one; but, money and power are the primary impetuses of society currently, rather than logic or fairness. It will be a major first in medicine though, which is decent enough, even if it is somewhat misguided. Knowledge is a wonderful in itself.

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If this works human kind will be one step closer to immortality. Imagine a 80 year olds head on a 18 year olds body.
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vorpleghost wrote:

If this works human kind will be one step closer to immortality. Imagine a 80 year olds head on a 18 year olds body.


Not really. The brain would still die with age.
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PhantomGundam wrote:


vorpleghost wrote:

If this works human kind will be one step closer to immortality. Imagine a 80 year olds head on a 18 year olds body.


Not really. The brain would still die with age.


There is a theory about longevity right now that all you need to do is clean up the junk that builds up in the blood stream. Funny thing is there is some proof that this actually works. Now granted sticking an 80 year old head on a 20 year old body isn't going to give you the results you want. Mostly do to rejection also doesn't reverse any damage the brain has already sustained so if they had Alzheimer they would more than likely still have it.

Now this doesn't even get into the ethical issues with this that can of worms rates right up there with human cloning right now as far as I'm concerned. Which means this should be considered highly unethical,unless the case was extreme and you need to keep the person alive for some reason.Which would mean their quality of life would suck because the body would just be a meat life support system.

They are working on the how do you clean the junk out of the cells currently without the blood transfusion. It is one of the many topics I keep an ear open for. Mostly because it is just really a cool idea living forever, now on the up swing the person that will live past 200 has already been born they are out there right now walking around. This of course were the guys doing the hardcore research on this and they know their stuff.
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I thought this was a troll thread, it was so bizarre.
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vorpleghost wrote:

If this works human kind will be one step closer to immortality. Imagine a 80 year olds head on a 18 year olds body.


Severing heads don't fix telomeres.
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Aren't such type of experiments banned?
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Granny would be proud.
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surprised the dr's name is not frankenstein
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If only OCP were real. He could be Robocop.
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Hmm I don't have any ethical issues against this, especially if the donor was amiable to the use of his body for scientific progress. As long is there is enough know-how to make sure the donor's body isn't going to complete waste, and by that I don't mean that the patient has to live or be mobile(especially since he is dying and invalid anyhow), but there has to at least be something learn-able from the experience to further the research of medical science should this procedure not go as well as hoped. You have to remember that this may seem weird and potentially disagreeable to us right now, but so did the first organ transplants, and its not like those weren't going into unknown waters at the time either.
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