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Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

timothy posted about a year ago | from the no-I-insist-after-you dept.

Medicine 522

dryriver writes "Technical barriers to grafting one person's head onto another person's body can now be overcome, says Dr. Sergio Canavero, a member of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. In a recent paper, Canavero outlines a procedure modeled on successful head transplants which have been carried out in animals since 1970. The one problem with these transplants was that scientists were unable to connect the animals' spinal cords to their donor bodies, leaving them paralyzed below the point of transplant. But, says Canavero, recent advances in re-connecting spinal cords that are surgically severed mean that it should be technically feasible to do it in humans. (This is not the same as restoring nervous system function to quadriplegics or other victims of traumatic spinal cord injury.)"

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head transplant, or body transplant? (5, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#44166729)

I suppose it depends on whether a larger proportion of personal distinctiveness resides above or below the neck, but I would guess it's closer to a head getting a body transplant, than to a body getting a head transplant.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (5, Insightful)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about a year ago | (#44166821)

More over I thought the largest problem today is the fact that our bodies are outliving our minds as more people develop diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (4, Insightful)

i kan reed (749298) | about a year ago | (#44166911)

Our hearts are the first critical thing to go, more often than anything. It's like a metaphor, really.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (3, Funny)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44166955)

Or like a terrible pump design. Intelligent design my ass, more like idiotic design.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (4, Funny)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#44167137)

Or like a terrible pump design. Intelligent design my ass, more like idiotic design.

Better than anything you've come up with... :P

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167219)

Or like a terrible pump design. Intelligent design my ass, more like idiotic design.

70+ years of continuous operation for a pump isn't TOO terrible.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44167083)

More over I thought the largest problem today is the fact that our bodies are outliving our minds as more people develop diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.

Don't worry. If that happens, the brain - if you think it's important - can always be replaced with an electronic brain. A simple one would suffice, you'd just have to program it to say "What?", "I don't understand", and "Where's the tea?", and no one will be able to tell the difference in most people.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166847)

In the journal article they do talk about it as a body transplant, it's just the press being dumb.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#44166961)

The title of the article is "HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project outline for the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage (GEMINI)."

I think the reasoning behind the nomenclature is from the surgeon's perspective: whatever part is smaller is being transplanted. After all, no one contests the term "brain transplant," which has been a figure of (mostly rhetorical and science fiction) speech for some time.

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (1)

UBfusion (1303959) | about a year ago | (#44166849)

You mean weather the personal distinctiveness resides in the upper or lower head?

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44166861)

What are you trying to say?

You think the sack of meat below your neck has anything to do with your consciousness?

 

The body can affect the mind (4, Insightful)

davidwr (791652) | about a year ago | (#44167057)

You think the sack of meat below your neck has anything to do with your consciousness?

By consciousness I assume you mean the "personality/soul/essence of your 'being'/whatever you want to call it."

Yes, it does.

I know my "personality" changes a bit when I'm hungry, tired, in physical pain, aroused (re: http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3929305&cid=44166849 [slashdot.org] above), etc. That is, there are things that I would never do when thinking clearly but if I'm starving, fatigued, in pain, aroused, or otherwise operating far below my normal rational though, I might do (and later regret).

The "sack of meat below [my] neck" has a lot to do with this.

If you don't believe me, imagine how your personality would change at least temporarily if you were an 80 year old man who was in chronic pain whose libido left with his prostate removal a decade ago waking up with the body of a healthy 21 year old with a libido to match. You very well might forget your moral compass for a few seconds and make a remark to an attractive member of the hospital staff that you would regret as soon as your brain re-engaged and overrode your new hormones.

Re:The body can affect the mind (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44167231)

Sure it can impact your mood and such, I take a drug every morning that most people make their own of that does that.

This does not mean the drug changes who I am.

I have no interest in discussing souls or chakras or other BS.

Re: head transplant, or body transplant? (1)

Mabhatter (126906) | about a year ago | (#44167157)

How much DOES it really matter? Obviously there are people who's bodies have withered away like Steven hawking, or veterans with their bits blown away in war and they are still conscientiously "whole" people.

So if I can put a head on a new body, can I just attach it to a mechanical one made up of life supporting devices?

Re:head transplant, or body transplant? (1)

NFN_NLN (633283) | about a year ago | (#44167177)

What are you trying to say?

You think the sack of meat below your neck has anything to do with your consciousness?

Grabbing popcorn for thread on "where the soul is contained", in 3.. 2.. 1...

So guy or girl dosent matter? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166981)

I mean common who isn't interested in keeping both halves consistent. Though I guess it would finally be possible for a man to be trapped in a hot female body. And we can all guess how that would go.

Re:So guy or girl dosent matter? (1)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about a year ago | (#44167055)

I mean common who isn't interested in keeping both halves consistent. Though I guess it would finally be possible for a man to be trapped in a hot female body. And we can all guess how that would go.

Yes, we certainly can. Lots of hot sex in this story. I think Heinlein was more than a little interested in being a hot chick and getting spanked and fucked.

http://www.amazon.com/I-Will-Fear-No-Evil/dp/0441359175 [amazon.com]

Misleading (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166745)

This is very misleading.

Re:Misleading (4, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | about a year ago | (#44166777)

This is very misleading.

It is rather misleading when these scientists turn to their ladyfriends and say "Come on baby, give me a little head".

OT: Sig (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167151)

Re: Your sig: "...Dear God, I would like to file a bug report..."

It's already been filed [biblegateway.com] .

Of course it can be done! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166747)

I watched Billy Quizboy do it to Red Mantle / Dragoon last season!

hmm (1)

anyanka (1953414) | about a year ago | (#44166761)

What could possibly go wrong?

Re:hmm (5, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | about a year ago | (#44166819)

What could possibly go wrong?

Why didn't somebody tell me my ass was so big?

RE: What could possibly go wrong? (2)

Picass0 (147474) | about a year ago | (#44166829)

All hail the KING of the NORTH!!! All hail the KING of the NORTH!!!

Re: What could possibly go wrong? (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about a year ago | (#44167281)

Ooh, you bad person, forgetting to put "spoiler alert" in there. :-)

Funny thing (ha ha) -- in our world, there are people whose last name is "Capodilupo" . I suppose it's a fine point that it's not "Capodilupoterribile"

That's not a head transplant! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166769)

That's a body transplant!

Re:That's not a head transplant! (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44166831)

That's a body transplant!

You're ruining the joke. The doctors secretly hoped that colloquially, everyone would start calling it "a head job".

I will fear no evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166775)

...Heinlein comes to mind

Body transplant (5, Informative)

jamesl (106902) | about a year ago | (#44166779)

They are really putting a "new" body on the old head. Therefore this is a body transplant.

Re:Body transplant (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#44167133)

I wonder would the hormonal controllers in the aged brain cause accelerated decrepitude in the new, young body. But I mean that aside, this is virtual immortality if one were ruthless enough, or alternatively if we could clone human bodies without heads immortality for all who could afford it.

Re:Body transplant (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167243)

The real question is whose insurance pays for it...

Brain and brain! What is brain? (1)

mellon (7048) | about a year ago | (#44166781)

I just don't know where to start with this one. Star Trek becomes reality.

Re:Brain and brain! What is brain? (1)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44166949)

I'm thinking more about how Futurama got it wrong.

Re:Brain and brain! What is brain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167021)

You are not Morg, and you are not Eyemorg!!

Re:Brain and brain! What is brain? (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#44167161)

Eeew. Smug Earthlings in pajamas telling everybody what to do. I'll pass thank you.

Hmm... (5, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | about a year ago | (#44166783)

Head of Vecna [blindpanic.com] , anyone? In other news, this plus cloning = "cure" for aging? Now if we can just figure out how to take all the skin and tissue on the skull and transplant that... oh wait. Nevermind. Face transplants.

Excellent! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166785)

I could do with a new head most mornings. Is it possible to get one which doesn't hurt after excessive drinking the night before?

Let's do this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166795)

Any volunteers?

Finally... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166805)

I can finally realize my dream of dating Honey Boo Boo's head on Kim Kardashian's body.

Re:Finally... (2)

omnichad (1198475) | about a year ago | (#44167165)

Does it still count as pedophilia?

Re:Finally... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167269)

I can finally realize my dream of dating Honey Boo Boo's head on Kim Kardashian's body.

At least that's almost normal.

Asking for the reverse would get you labeled a monster.

Immortality, here I come! (5, Funny)

UBfusion (1303959) | about a year ago | (#44166827)

Provided we find cures for Alzheimer's and other brain degenerative diseases, I wouldn't object living for another 100-200 years, preferably wearing young woman's bodies.

Re:Immortality, here I come! (5, Funny)

dasgoober (2882045) | about a year ago | (#44166907)

Getting a Silence of the Lambs vibe from this one....

Re:Immortality, here I come! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167063)

Ok, I just have to ask it..Are you currently a male or female?

Bonus Q: Are you a serial killer?

Re:Immortality, here I come! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167283)

Ok, I just have to ask it..Are you currently a male or female?

Bonus Q: Are you a serial killer?

A: Ask again in 100-200 years.

Re:Immortality, here I come! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167213)

Goodbyeee horrsessss!

cure for paralysis? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166851)

So with this technique could you cure paralysis? If you were to make the surgical cuts above the damaged spinal tissue and then attach the old head to a new body without the spinal damage?

Re:cure for paralysis? (1)

pla (258480) | about a year ago | (#44167187)

Didn't even RTFS, eh?

So I could have my own head... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166857)

Transplanted onto a new body. Which was cloned from my own tissue. That's the fountain of youth right there! I don't have to quit smoking.

Some things should not be.. (1, Insightful)

s.petry (762400) | about a year ago | (#44166869)

Morally and ethically, this simply should not happen and should not be pursued. There are boundaries we need to maintain for the safety of humanity.

In essence, this could provide eternal life to someone with enough cash. Typically those are not the most outstanding members of society that hold society's best interests as their own. How many nobles slaughtered their own as well as others for the fountain of youth? Go read a history book!

Re:Some things should not be.. (2)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44166927)

Please explain how this would provide eternal life.

Your brain no longer functioning properly is not going to be solved by getting a new body, that will happen with age. Go read a science book!

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#44166963)

Your brain no longer functioning properly is not going to be solved by getting a new body, that will happen with age. Go read a science book!

When you replace the neurons one at a time with electronic substitutes (say, as an Alzheimer's treatment), at what point is Grandma no longer Grandma?

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#44166991)

Never, she is always Grandma.
I am hoping for that for me in the future, I doubt it will be available.

Re:Some things should not be.. (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year ago | (#44167035)

When you replace the neurons one at a time with electronic substitutes (say, as an Alzheimer's treatment), at what point is Grandma no longer Grandma?

When she's Theseus?

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | about a year ago | (#44167103)

When Grandma gets a hot body, she is no longer Grandma.

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | about a year ago | (#44167015)

Your brain no longer functioning properly is not going to be solved by getting a new body, that will happen with age. Go read a science book!

Duh, obviously, that's why if the brain's a problem you get a new head! Come on, a five year old could figure this out!

Re:Some things should not be.. (0)

Ultra64 (318705) | about a year ago | (#44166965)

"There are boundaries we need to maintain for the safety of humanity."

You're on the wrong website, luddite.

Re: Some things should not be.. (1)

Mabhatter (126906) | about a year ago | (#44167273)

Well when they want YOUR BODY, and can support just your head "in a jar" so its not murder, just business, then the rich will just TAKE IT... Like they always do.

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about a year ago | (#44166997)

How would it create eternal life? Unless there's a way to cure degenerative brain diseases, this wouldn't really buy a person that much more time.

Re:Some things should not be.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167003)

Have you ever talked to someone that is over 100 years old? The brain breaks down in the same way the body does. Until they discover how to fix the brain to keep it "young", anyone going past 150 or so is pretty much going to be a zombie...

Re:Some things should not be.. (0)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about a year ago | (#44167167)

So you object to a whole-body donor. Okay. How about blood? That okay? All right, how about a kidney, to keep your brother from dying? Okey-dokey with you? Okay, how about my heart after I die; it can save someone else's life, and I am an organ donor; they can take as many as are useful.

So, unless you're a total whackjob, you're okay with the above examples of existing transplants, but when it gets to an entire body, that's your red line?

Can you tell us how that's even remotely consistent? Or would you prefer no transplants at all, no blood donors either, so even more people can expire before their time?

Re:Some things should not be.. (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#44167215)

Morally and ethically, this simply should not happen and should not be pursued. There are boundaries we need to maintain for the safety of humanity.

And you've appointed yourself guardian of humanity, have you? Longevity is inevitable, and it's pretty likely that the wealthy and powerful will enjoy the benefits first. There's zero reason why the rest of us shouldn't eventually likewise live much longer lives afterwards though.

Re:Some things should not be.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167261)

TROLL

Walt Disney (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166871)

So does that mean they're going to thaw out Walt and put his head on another person's body?

Queue up the "Hitchhikers' Guide" fans so they can really be Zaphod Beeblebrox!

Finally, a quick way to lose weight (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166875)

Have one of these every 24 months, and eat whatever you want to.

Duck... duck.. goose (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166877)

In other news too many Italian doctors quack like a duck.

nouveau riche (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166897)

Well at least our job creators will be opening new positions soon. Administrative Tactile Replacement Specialists will get to partially enjoy the benefits of being a millionaire; from the neck down anyways.

Oh... (0)

Ryanrule (1657199) | about a year ago | (#44166899)

...well that's nice.

Body transplant (5, Informative)

Alioth (221270) | about a year ago | (#44166905)

I'd really argue that because who you are is really all in the head, this is a body transplant rather than a head transplant.

TFA says that the idea is still rather speculative, but if it were to work I have to wonder how long it would take the brain in the head that was connected to a new body to figure out how to make the new body work. I doubt all the individual axons would connect perfectly in 1:1 fashion in the same way as it were on the old body. In fact I'd be surprised if any axons connected to the same corresponding one in the new body.

As an aside as a teenager I suffered a very serious injury to my wrist when my right hand went through a pane on a glass door. The glass basically sliced my wrist open to the bone. Aside from losing a lot of blood from the severed arteries, the radial nerve was completely severed and was microsurgically reconnected that night. The radial nerve basically gives your hand sensation from the thumb to the middle finger, and when the nerves first grew back, the sensations would come out in the wrong place - if I touched the inside of my middle finger the sensation would come out elsewhere on the hand. However after a few months things got "remapped" and the sensations all now come out in the correct places. I'd imagine this would be a more serious problem if a nerve that conducts some sensation is now connected to one that's supposed to activate a muscle.

Re:Body transplant (1)

Alioth (221270) | about a year ago | (#44166923)

Sorry, I meant median nerve (the radial artery was severed too)

Re:Body transplant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167029)

The radial nerve basically gives your hand sensation from the thumb to the middle finger, and when the nerves first grew back, the sensations would come out in the wrong place - if I touched the inside of my middle finger the sensation would come out elsewhere on the hand.

The brain is fucking fantastic.

As an aside (and no offense meant of course), with the benefit of time, was having your sensations off more obnoxious or cool? Or something else?

Re:Body transplant (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167225)

Would be critical to sort that out for nerves that connect to vital organs...

answer = neuroplasticity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167237)

as you youself are a fine example of Neuroplasticity [wikipedia.org] , the brain adapts. It would probably be confusing and painfull, but those with the will to live would come over the adaptaion period. On a second thought, I can imagine some would only want to do this once, choosing rather to die next time. Interesting times ahead!

dire consequences. (5, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#44166929)

three words should put an end to this chicanery: Immortal Dick Cheney.

Re:dire consequences. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year ago | (#44167059)

three words should put an end to this chicanery: Immortal Dick Cheney.

I think "should be possible" already deflates the hype.

Re:dire consequences. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167123)

On Nancy Pelosi's body.

My ramblings .... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167287)

three words should put an end to this chicanery: Immortal Dick Cheney.

That could work.

See, I'm a student of (some economic) history and I've seen many times the unintended consequences of actions by political leaders.

Like, was the Arab Spring the result of the US at W Bush's actions?

Will it work out?

And in the long run, will it be a good thing or a bad thing?

And the effect on the US - as in draining our coffers to pay for these wars? Part of the many reasons the Romans and the English and the Ottoman empires collapse was because of Wars - wars drain the coffers of said society.

Special note on the myth of WWII pulling the US out of the Great Depression - talk to folks who lived during the war. It made Soviet Russia look like an Eden. People worked and went without. And then after the war, demand - pent up demand - went through the roof.

Wars are never good for an economy. Where was I?

Oh yeah.....It would be great for Cheney and all of us for that matter to see how our actions affected people throughout our time and after. But to what end?

So we can punch him in the face?

Torment him?

Just looking at the man I can assure you, he's pretty tormented with in his little world. So is W.

But we as a people need to remember out leaders' mistakes. We need to remember Bush's wars and Obama's sell outs or Clinton's mistakes.

We MUST remember!

And never -EVER - condemn ANYONE who reminds us of those errors - EVER!

The "Partisan" label?

Only applies to politicians and over-paid lying pundits on TV, radio and the Internet.

We the people will and shall express out opinions because it is our God given right - even if it is parroting something you've heard.

I don't agree with many things Boortz said before he retired, but he sure had a way of putting things - like (in defending the Fair Tax) "most folks will spend a dollar to save $0.30 in taxes!" In my experience that is SO true. And I use it in explaining to folks when the want to give away a lot of money to avoid taxes.

I'm rambling. I'll stop.

Re:dire consequences. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167289)

three words should put an end to this chicanery: Immortal Dick Cheney.

Yeah, but the picture that goes through my head [imdb.com] would make it worth it.

(And yes, I'm probably showing my age there...)

Head transplant or body transplant? (4, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | about a year ago | (#44166941)

I think this question can be answered with a coin flip. Call it in the air, guys...heads or tails?

Re:Head transplant or body transplant? (3, Interesting)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#44167193)

I'm the same person I was 400 years ago. Sure, they replaced my head 3 times, and my body 4 times, but I'm the same person.

(for other examples of this, see Ship of Theseus Paradox [wikipedia.org] )

Just wonderful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166951)

Now, our glorious leaders will be able to live forever.
The rest us... well, someone will need to supply the bodies...

rule 34 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166969)

links please

yoU FAil It (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44166999)

And was taKken over than this BSD box,

not for quadriplegics or other victims ?! (1)

csumpi (2258986) | about a year ago | (#44167011)

"This is not the same as restoring nervous system function to quadriplegics or other victims of traumatic spinal cord injury."

Why? Is it possibly because someone (like wealthy social network founders, etc...) would pay lots of money for keeping their heads going vs quadriplegics or other victims don't have the money required to "enrich" science?

Re:not for quadriplegics or other victims ?! (1)

EvanED (569694) | about a year ago | (#44167085)

I would guess it's the controlled nature of a transplant.

From TFA:
But Canaveroâ(TM)s proposal is different: By cutting spinal cords with an ultra-sharp knife, and then mechanically connecting the spinal cord from one personâ(TM)s head with another personâ(TM)s body, a more complete (and immediate) connection could be accomplished. As he notes in his paper:

âoeIt is this âoeclean cutâ [which is] the key to spinal cord fusion, in that it allows proximally severed axons to be âfusedâ(TM) with their distal counterparts. This fusion exploits so-called fusogens/sealantsâ¦.[which] are able to immediately reconstitute (fuse/repair) cell membranes damaged by mechanical injury, independent of any known endogenous sealing mechanism.â

What I don't know is why they couldn't do the same thing for spinal cord injury patients, just cutting out the injured part.

Re:not for quadriplegics or other victims ?! (1)

EvanED (569694) | about a year ago | (#44167217)

Mmmmm, Slashcode. The pinnacle of Internet message board software.

Re:not for quadriplegics or other victims ?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167101)

Nope. Another article on the same subject indicated that it was due to the clean cut in surgery, versus the ragged, imperfect severing during traumatic injury - they could induce the axon connections to grow and reform in the former, and not in the latter.

Sadly, even money doesn't make a difference for this.

Immor(t)ality looming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167013)

So... It's now technically possible to transplant an old person's head onto a young person's body for the whole suite of life support systems, not just the venous ones.

If a horrible old dictator was able to steal someone's body and somehow not have all the usual downsides of a graft (throw more mad science at it!), could they live considerably longer than they would have otherwise? Many of the things that lead to death in old age have little or nothing to do with a person's head, though that would still be vulnerable to some vicious problems.

People who naturally make it over 110 often retain much of their mental functioning right to the end. Could someone make it to 200 if they had the right genes and a throwaway "lethal head trauma" donor corpse or four?

There's probably at least one B-grade sci fi novel with exactly that in it, somewhere...

MARS ATTACKS! (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | about a year ago | (#44167017)

No further comment necessary

Star trek (1)

AMDinator (996330) | about a year ago | (#44167039)

So, Spock's Brain wasn't such a crazy episode after all!

Slashdot reader finally.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167047)

Slashdoter finally has a possibility of getting head....

Complicated Consequences (1)

NEDHead (1651195) | about a year ago | (#44167067)

For example, we have face transplants, now the possibil;ity of head (or body) transplants. So, if you take a blonde, peal down her face and attach a head with a brain, will this ruin all the "Dumb Blonde" jokes?

Did already happen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167077)

Oh come on, why do you think Mark Shuttleworth is trying everything to come over as the same douche as Steve Jobs was?

Hey, is anyone here worthless? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167089)

I have a body with crohns and I'd very much like a not-shitty body.

So if you are worthless and crap, but have a good body, I'll pay.

But really, you can see where this is going to go. (the part with me and crohns is true)

I hear cackling (1)

maas15 (1357089) | about a year ago | (#44167099)

I'm fairly sure the author of the paper was laughing maniacally during most of it's writing.

Reality catching up with fiction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167139)

This seriously scares the crap out of me. What's the name of the doctor working on this, again?

That being said, and I'm oversimplifying, but couldn't doctors sever the spine of an injured person above the injury and closer to the head and then reattach to a donor body, theoretically. I imagine a bolt in the neck would secure everything quite nicely.

Signed,
Igor

Interesting (1)

kilodelta (843627) | about a year ago | (#44167141)

So effectively you could keep a clone on ice and when the time comes just transplant your head onto the clones body. Pretty cool!

But I'd prefer learning how to fix the issues that would lead to the necessity of a complete head transplant.

Say Jack (2)

puddingebola (2036796) | about a year ago | (#44167253)

"Say Jack, there's something different about you today? Did you get a haircut? Wait, no, I know what it is, you had your head removed and grafted onto somebody else's body... didn't you?"

Freaked out... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44167277)

This seriously made me want to vomit. I don't necessarily have any feelings against it, just somethign about it instantly made me want to puke as hard as I could.

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