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Dowell in Italian, is it possible to transplant the head man?
Italian neurologist thinks he has figured out how to do a full transplant of a human head. In their scientific article, Dr. Sergio Kanavero of the University of Turin told how the operation can be carried out successfully. The main problem that made the operation impossible, were the neural connections spinal cord. According to Sergio Kanavero, now there are technologies and products that can make this operation a success.
Recall that in 1954, Vladimir Demikhov shocked the world by showing a monster created by surgery: two-headed dog. He created the creature in the laboratory on the outskirts of Moscow by grafting the head, shoulders and front legs of a puppy onto the neck of adult German Shepherd. In just fifteen years Demikhova managed to create about twenty two-headed dogs, though they all lived within one month, and inevitably die because of tissue rejection.
Sergio Kanavero in their work adheres to the techniques of Robert Wyatt, who in 1973 succeeded in transplanting a monkey head on the body of another animal. Sergio Kanavero study was published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, in which he gave a detailed description of the procedure. He is confident in the success of the operation, if done in deep hypothermia and the use of special drugs to connect the nerve endings.
On the question of what is the probability that all the nerve fibers are connected correctly, Kanavero replied as follows:
“Of course there are difficulties, but even a few well connected by nerve fibers would be sufficient to ensure that the new head was able to manage the new body. Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord and stimulate cell phones will also help orient the head. ”
All this is more like a regular interpretation of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”, but Kanavero believes that exercise transplantation of the head, as well as a full face transplant, it is possible – it’s only a matter of time.
Transplantation of human head, in his opinion, is a worthy subject for further research.
We recall that not so long ago, scientists were able to create and implant artificial kidney .
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Tags: Medicine , Neurology , Transplant , Surgery .
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