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This doctor is mad and simply looking to make a name for himself. This should be viewed as a violation of his hippocratic oath. My understanding is that the attempts on animals thus far can not truly be deemed "successful". And how often do heads die with bodies in tip-top shape? How long do such bodies remain viable? I suppose they will just use someone in a coma deemed brain dead. Now it's one thing to simply unplug someone on life support, but it's quite another to kill them by decapitation. I just don't think anything good will come of this.
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My main issue isn't the procedure itself but that there are so many ways with which the doctor could have verified if his method of nerve reattachment works. The whole point of getting a new body is to gain use of it, so this seems like the most basic of things for which some reassurance is required.

Still, I'm interested in this new procedure, though. I personally don't think the nerves can be so easily reattached but we'll see.


There certainly have been cases in which a patient is rendered essentially dead for the purpose performing an operation. I don't think this is TOO different from those cases but it does sound extreme.
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I wish they'd come up with a way to transfer consciousness like in Old Man's War. I'd be more interested in that.
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gvblackmoon wrote:

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.


I've never heard of such a theory, but it sounds kind of... silly, honestly. Senescence is the degradation of cellular function because of the damage to cells which occurs naturally and, at this point, unavoidably over time. Cells are damaged over time just as a machine suffers from wear and tear from being used, but there are several other factors: UV radiation, alcohol, high blood sugar, and so on. The damage, however, is simply there - it doesn't build up as a physical presence, like cholesterol or something.
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Here's the journal the doctor wrote. It's pretty long, so if you're interested in this type of stuff, go ahead and read. I haven't read it yet.



http://www.surgicalneurologyint.com/article.asp?issn=2152-7806;year=2013;volume=4;issue=2;spage=335;epage=342;aulast=Canavero
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So creepy and crazy. I think it's gonna fail hard. But still cautiously curious.

Tokyo Ghoul anyone?

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I am so done
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If we could reattach nerves, we'd probably be able to do brain transplants. This is really close to being a brain transplant.

I wonder how they will make sure the tendons in the neck are properly reattached as well. And I wonder how they will make sure the necks on both bodies are cut to proper lengths.

Connecting the vertebrae themselves would be difficult, too. It requires some sort of replacement disc to be slipped between them so that the guy won't end up with a stiff neck. Ultra sharp edge + hard bone of the vertebrae sounds like a bad time.
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Does this mean that they will soon be able to bring back Ted Williams?
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head transplant =/= bringing the dead back to life.
not that I'm anywhere convinced such transplant would be possible.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

My main issue isn't the procedure itself but that there are so many ways with which the doctor could have verified if his method of nerve reattachment works. The whole point of getting a new body is to gain use of it, so this seems like the most basic of things for which some reassurance is required.

Still, I'm interested in this new procedure, though. I personally don't think the nerves can be so easily reattached but we'll see.


There certainly have been cases in which a patient is rendered essentially dead for the purpose performing an operation. I don't think this is TOO different from those cases but it does sound extreme.



The doctor is crazy to try this. The patient has no choice but try this or .. splat. Let them try. If it doesn't succeed, the doctor probably goes to jail. If it does succeed, the world goes into chaos. Old rich farts will pay for young fit compatible bodies. The beginning of Methuselah life spans would be possible.

But first, we have to see it the madness has a chance at reality.

Let them try, and let them reap the consequences.


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Posted 4/11/15
I feel like I should make a getting head joke.
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I don't know why, but I thought of this when I first read about the head transplant.

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Posted 4/11/15
there are some things I think that shouldn't be done..... this is one of them
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