Head Transplantation

   

source; ABC News

The first successful mammalian head transplantation was done in 1970 with a team led by Dr. Robert J. White at Case Reserve Western University. Dr. White and his colleagues where able to successfully replace the head of a rhesus monkey. Unfortunately, with that early technology, the monkey's spinal cord could not be reattached. Modern nanotechnology is overcoming this early obstacle enabling those with severe spinal cord injuries to have new bodies. Superman can finally fly again—though with a completely new body.

Dr. White states, "When the monkey awakened from anesthesia, it regained full consciousness and complete cranial nerve function, as measured by its wakefulness, aggressiveness, and ability to eat and to follow people moving around the room with its eyes. Such monkeys lived for as long as eight days. With the significant improvements in surgical techniques and postoperative management since then, it is now possible to ... (adapt) the head-transplant technique to humans. In fact, the procedure (is) easier to perform in humans than in monkeys, because the blood vessels and other tissues of a human are larger than those of a monkey, and surgeons have much more experience operating on the human anatomy."

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