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An Italian neuroscientist who's been making headlines for months by claiming he is about to perform a human head transplant ...


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Old 06-12-2015, 10:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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An Italian neuroscientist who's been making headlines for months by claiming he is about to perform a human head transplant baffled and disappointed a conference of surgeons Friday, saying he needed American help to pull it off.

Dr. Sergio Canavero has been saying he is on the verge of transplanting a live person's head onto another body. He even has a volunteer: Valery Spiridonov, 30, a Russian computer scientist with a rare, genetic muscle-wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy.

Medical experts have been casting serious doubts on his claims, but the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons and International College of Surgeons invited Canavero to speak to their joint meeting in Annapolis.

"He's stimulated the whole world," Dr. Raymond Dieter, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and a past president of the U.S. chapter of the International College of Surgeons, told NBC News before the meeting.

"Is it possible to transplant my brain into your body? No," added Dieter.

"Technically, we can cut your head off. We can attach the skin. We can hook up the arteries. We can hook up the nerves. But can you hook up the brain and spinal tissue?"

"I am asking you, Americans, to make your contribution."

Boy that would leave out politicians as they don't have a brain or a spine but still the possibilities are endless...
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Would they have to remove the politician's head from their ass first?
Or their noses from their party leaders butts?
Or their donors penises from their mouths?
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Or in billearys case just leave the head off.
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I heard about this early in the month. Isnt this slated to actually happen in the next year or so? I don't know a lot about the human body, but I do know that the nerve connections in the neck going into the spin are numerous and they control a lot of systems needed to keep the brain alive. To be honest, I think until they perfect transporter technology, I really don't think it will be possible to keep the head alive long enough to transplant it without some form of brain damage, or complete neural death.
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I heard about this early in the month. Isnt this slated to actually happen in the next year or so? I don't know a lot about the human body, but I do know that the nerve connections in the neck going into the spin are numerous and they control a lot of systems needed to keep the brain alive. To be honest, I think until they perfect transporter technology, I really don't think it will be possible to keep the head alive long enough to transplant it without some form of brain damage, or complete neural death.
I would figure severing the spinal column is pretty much instant death but if not, you could theoretically pump oxygenated blood through the brain to supply it with nutrients. Everything works in theory, you know.
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Hell any good lineman could put the wires back together !
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That is how wisdom teeth are removed in prison.
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I always told that two heads were better than one..well maybe not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWHNA_j7h5A
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