[ExI] head transplant again
spike66 at att.net
Sat Jan 23 21:28:52 UTC 2016
On Behalf Of BillK
Subject: Re: [ExI] head transplant again
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 transplants.
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. BillK
Cool thanks I did miss that. I recall reading of it when it happened, and I thought it was in 1969, so I searched on 196 and nada.
If you are stout of heart and in the mood for this sort of thing, view the Wiki page on head transplant:
A thought occurred to me. Plenty of people react with revulsion when they hear of the notion of head transplants. But I don't and plenty of people here do not. I had an advantage of sorts: I heard of head transplants when I was a child aged nine. Children's minds are pliable and open. Perhaps having heard of the notion then caused some kind of permanent brain dam... rather... um... development.
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