[ExI] head transplant again
pharos at gmail.com
Sat Jan 23 21:13:09 UTC 2016
On 23 January 2016 at 14:24, spike wrote:
> There is no mention in the article about this experiment being done a long
> time ago. Doctors did a monkey head transplant way back in the 60s:
The article does say "Canavero says the experiment, which repeats the
work of Robert White in the US in 1970, demonstrates that if the head
is cooled to 15 °C, a monkey can survive the procedure without
suffering brain injury".
But he did not reconnect the monkey spinal cord.
A South Korean is claiming to have reconnected the spinal cord in mice
Until the mice claim, all the head transplants have only used the
replacement body as a temporary life support system. The head could
not operate the new body.
That is the next required step - to reconnect the spinal cord on a large mammal.
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