Breakthrough as rat's head is transplanted on to new body

PIXABAY, SASINTItalian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero announced that the world's first human head transplant-during which a recipient's head will be attached to a donor's body-will take place in China sometime within the next 10 months, according to a statement released last Thursday (April 27).

Prof Canavero said if the human head transplant works, it could have fundamental implications for human consciousness and even religion.

Dr Canavero plans to perform a human head transplant later this year, in a bid to give people who have been paralysed from the neck down the chance to walk again.

The pair claims to have conducted several experiments, including severing most of a dog's spinal cord before reattaching it and successfully transplanting the head of a monkey.

Canavero wants to attach a human's being head into the body of a donor.

"[Repairing the spinal cord] was part of the entire research for the head transplantation", Kindel says. Canavero did admit that his planned procedure will not be easy and may face a multitude of issues, "What may be problematic, is that no aspect of your original external body remains the same".

The study follows a procedure Canavero conducted past year in which he severed a dog's spinal cord and then reconnected it. "I can only disclose that there has been massive progress in medical experiments, which would have seemed impossible even as recently as a few months ago", he said.

Canavero, together with another surgeon, Xiaoping Ren, used a method of cutting and reconnecting spinal cords. "The milestones we have reached will undoubtedly revolutionize medicine".

The results were published in the CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics journal.

In the most recent mouse procedure, Canavero and his team claim they addressed this problem by keeping a steady blood supply flowing between the rodent who received the head, the rodent who donated it, and a third rodent. "We could attempt to reawaken cryogenically frozen brains", Canavero told Ooom.

If they use a peristaltic pump and vascular grafting to the technique, the researchers say long-term survival could be a possibility.

"We will try to bring the first of the company's patients back to life, not in 100 years".

"The first patient will be Chinese", Canavero said. The immune system of the person receiving the organ detects immune-triggering substances, called antigens, on the cells of the new organ.

Science editor with The Times UK, Tom Whipple, told the Pat Kenny Show: "He's not talking about creating a two-headed human, he's talking about moving the head of one human on to the body of another". Therefore Alcor does not expect body donations or transplants to ever be necessary for revival of cryonics patients.

  • Arturo Norris