Italian researcher Sergio Canavero said that change head on the new body could become a reality very soon. Technical barriers - can be overcome, and the first operation can be carried out already in 2017, according to Kanavero.
Scientist plans to announce the project in June at the annual conference of the American Academy of Neurological and orthopedic surgeons (AANOS) in Annapolis, Maryland. According to him, the operation can be used to lengthen the lives of people with damaged muscles and nerves, but also - for cancer patients. The main difficulties - the spinal cord connection into a single structure and to prevent transplant rejection by the immune system - are solved with modern technology.
The proposed change of the head - not the first of its kind. Already in 1954, Soviet surgeon Vladimir Demihov experimented on dogs, and in 1970 Robert White at Cleveland Case Western Reserve University on monkeys. Now, in addition to Kanavero group, this topic has been Xiao-Ping Ren from Harbin Medical University: Chinese scientists plan to carry out an experiment on mice and monkeys.
Surgery community responds ambiguously, raising an ethical issue and questioning the feasibility and success of the technology.
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