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Could an Italian Scientist Pave the Way for Human Head Transplants?
USNews ^ | 2 Jul 2013 | ALLIE BIDWELL

Posted on 07/02/2013 11:40:26 AM PDT by mandaladon

In what sounds like a science-fiction novel come to life, one scientist says he is close to being able to affix one person's head to another human body.

Italian scientist Sergio Canavero believes he has come up with an outline to successfully complete the first human head transplant in history, which could lead to solutions for those suffering from muscular dystrophy or tetraplegics with widespread organ failure.

Head transplants have been attempted since the 1950s, when Russian scientist Vladimir Demikhov experimented with dogs. Twenty years later, American neurosurgeon Robert White conducted a successful head transplant by moving the head of one monkey to the body of another. The monkey lived for several days, but because White could not connect the two spinal cords, the monkey eventually died.

Canavero describes in a recent paper a step to connect donor and recipient spinal cords – the one component that was missing from previous procedures because the technology to do so was not yet available.

Canavero describes in a recent paper a step to connect donor and recipient spinal cords – the one component that was missing from previous procedures because the technology to do so was not yet available.

"Tomorrow is today," Canavero said in an interview. "What was impossible can happen now."

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: ayurveda; hindu; history; india; plastic; science; surgery; transplant
But people who simply want to cheat death could hypothetically undergo the surgery to acquire a younger body, he says..................Frankenstein is coming
1 posted on 07/02/2013 11:40:26 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Muslims are good at beheading...maybe they’ll be the first ones to try this.


2 posted on 07/02/2013 11:43:01 AM PDT by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon

3 posted on 07/02/2013 11:43:12 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: mandaladon
They can do better.


4 posted on 07/02/2013 11:43:22 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: mandaladon

I have a feeling this is going to be a LOOOOOOOONG thread with a growing list of potential candidates.


5 posted on 07/02/2013 11:47:10 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mandaladon

A child could do it.

6 posted on 07/02/2013 11:47:47 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be managed by central planning.)
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To: Carry_Okie
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7 posted on 07/02/2013 11:57:16 AM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: mandaladon

8 posted on 07/02/2013 11:57:55 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: mandaladon

So Hillary can finally get those eight pounds of ugly fat removed!


9 posted on 07/02/2013 12:00:32 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights!)
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To: mandaladon

I can see this as being useful in cases of a severed spinal cord, but this Frankenstein surgery sounds like something out of a horror movie


10 posted on 07/02/2013 12:03:26 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: mandaladon

He must have watched the most recent X-Files movie.


11 posted on 07/02/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT by MinstrelBoy (If you're a conservative today, you're a hero.)
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To: mandaladon

We know it can be done because it was on Mars Attacks!


12 posted on 07/02/2013 12:14:00 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: mandaladon

13 posted on 07/02/2013 12:15:24 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: mandaladon

Before long they will be making clones just for this purpose. “Sorry Clo, but I raised you for this.”


14 posted on 07/02/2013 12:16:52 PM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Even back then they knew about Biden!


15 posted on 07/02/2013 12:17:46 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

New meaning to the phrase “getting ahead in life.”


16 posted on 07/02/2013 12:21:14 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: mandaladon

I think the Syrians are winning the race to be the first!

“Horrific video shows Syrian Catholic priest being ‘beheaded by jihadist fighters in front of cheering crowd’A Syrian Catholic priest has been beheaded by jihadist fighters in Syria, it has been claimed. “


17 posted on 07/02/2013 12:23:08 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: mandaladon
Excerpt: [...] Rise of Plastic Surgery Just as the Sun rises in the East, the science of plastic surgery first dawned in the ancient Indian civilization.The first detailed description of plastic surgical procedures is found in the clinical text on Indian surgery, the 'Sushruta Samhita' (circa 600 B.C.). Atharva Veda, the root of Ayurveda, the classical text of Indian medical knowledge includes two seminal texts, Charaka Samhita on medicinal aspects and Sushruta Samhita which incorporates details of surgical tools and operative techniques. Sushruta wrote this treatise based on the lectures of his teacher, the famous surgeon king, Devadas ('incarnation of Dhanwantari, the divine physician). In fourth century A.D. Vagbhat, an Indian physician recounted the plastic surgical procedures with more details than provided in Sushruta Samhita. In his book,'Ashtanga Hridyans Samhita' he credits the techniques to Maharishi Atreya. It is interesting to find mention of plastic surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty, otoplasty, tissue grafting, organ transplants, transfer of embryo, cross-grafting of head and re-attachment of limbs etc., in these ancient Indian Medical Treatises and Puranic Literature. This golden era of Hindu Surgery began its gradual decline from the time of Buddha (562- 472 B.C.). Buddhist scripture Mahavagga Jataka enforced strict prohibition on surgeons and Manusmriti prescribed special rituals for purification of surgeons. Contemporary teaching that time was basically medicinal i.e. Ayurveda, which forbade surgery, as contact with blood and pus was considered polluting. Hence, during this period, these great surgical skills were delegated to lower castes like 'Koomars' or potters who were known for their manual dexterity. They kept alive this valuable knowledge and passed it from father to son as a family secret. In fact India and Egypt are considered as the fountain-heads from which the stream of knowledge flowed to the middle east, eventually to reach Mediterranean civilization; the Greeks and the Romans. The ancient Indian medical knowledge was carried into Greece and Arabia by Buddhist Missionaries. The German, French and English surgeons were introduced to the older Indian method. During that period, certain German scholars who studied the original text in Sanskrit, British surgeons and French travelers, who saw for themselves the rhinoplasty operations performed in India, revealed the wonders and practical possibilities of this speciality to the Western world. It was, however, the discovery of anaesthesia (Morton, Long and Wells) and anti-sepsis (Lord Lister) which revolutionised the practice of surgery and made it painless and infection free. [...] http://indianantiquity.blogspot.com/
18 posted on 07/02/2013 12:29:01 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: mandaladon

Well D.C. going to be empty for a while.


19 posted on 07/02/2013 12:42:52 PM PDT by Vaduz
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To: mandaladon

I predict an up coming movie about young men and women snatched for their bodies, not their heads. Imagine Grandma’s head on a hot young body.


20 posted on 07/02/2013 1:25:18 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: mandaladon

Don’t know about a new head, but a new body? Hmmmm... can I start with just a new pair of legs please?


21 posted on 07/02/2013 1:45:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: mandaladon; a fool in paradise

22 posted on 07/02/2013 1:47:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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23 posted on 07/02/2013 1:48:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
John Kerry's transplant was almost a success.


24 posted on 07/02/2013 1:53:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BBell
Imagine Grandma’s head on a hot young body.

"Hurry up, dearie! Time's wastin'!!!!"

25 posted on 07/02/2013 2:00:18 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BenLurkin

Could Obama serve another term if he has his head grafted to Biden’s body?


26 posted on 07/02/2013 2:01:07 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Mashood

The Soviets did doghead transplant experiments over half a century ago. The dogs lived several weeks and eventually learned to accept both heads. They died from infection.


27 posted on 07/02/2013 2:02:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: I want the USA back
Before long they will be making clones just for this purpose.

Star Trek "Enterprise" did it! Rest in Space, Sim!

28 posted on 07/02/2013 2:24:55 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: mandaladon; All
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29 posted on 07/02/2013 2:36:31 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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30 posted on 07/02/2013 4:00:43 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Harriet Meiers is looking pretty good right about now.)
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To: a fool in paradise

This development confirms what I once said a long time ago as a small kitty upon learning of Frank Sinatra receiving a hair transplant, and I quote: “Someday it will become possible to transplant the rest of the head of a bald man!”


31 posted on 07/02/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks mandaladon.
Head transplants have been attempted since the 1950s, when Russian scientist Vladimir Demikhov experimented with dogs. Twenty years later, American neurosurgeon Robert White conducted a successful head transplant by moving the head of one monkey to the body of another. The monkey lived for several days, but because White could not connect the two spinal cords, the monkey eventually died.

32 posted on 07/02/2013 5:32:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: mandaladon

In a botched job, does the head reject the body or does the body reject the head?


33 posted on 07/02/2013 6:23:14 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon

yes


34 posted on 07/03/2013 8:17:18 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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