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    Default Is Transplanting a Human Head Possible?

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    "In Frankenstein, a mad scientist puts together a man by sewing together dead human parts. One of those parts is a head. It seems like a far-fetched notion, but Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group believes that with new strides in technology, a human head could be transplanted from one body to another in the very near future..."
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    Monkey head transplant operation (re-enactment)
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    In addition to all the normal problems of rejection I can see two big issues to a head transplant. One is the sensitivity of the brain to oxygen deprivation, the other is all the nerves going through the spinal column. I think it would be hard to do, and even harder to do without the subject ending up as a brain damaged quadraplegic. Probably beyond todays science, but maybe not tomorrows.
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    Is this going to be the new torture in the 21st Century?

    Sounds fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Sticks View Post
    Is this going to be the new torture in the 21st Century?

    Sounds fun.
    Want to start a thread on the MORALITY of transplanting human heads? How is it morally any different from transplanting a bodily organ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal+ View Post
    Want to start a thread on the MORALITY of transplanting human heads? How is it morally any different from transplanting a bodily organ?
    Anything that causes needless pain and disability could easily be considered immoral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Anything that causes needless pain and disability could easily be considered immoral.
    What if the person is being saved from a life as a quadriplegic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    In addition to all the normal problems of rejection I can see two big issues to a head transplant. One is the sensitivity of the brain to oxygen deprivation, the other is all the nerves going through the spinal column. I think it would be hard to do, and even harder to do without the subject ending up as a brain damaged quadraplegic. Probably beyond todays science, but maybe not tomorrows.
    Even assuming both of those problems are solved:

    Its more utilitarian to harvest the organs of brain-dead patients, whereby you can save more lives from a single donor.

    As for extending the human lifespan, brain cell degeneration would presumably continue as normal, so even beside the supply limitations its just much more practical to research cellular regeneration.

    Speaking of mad scientists in real life: http://www.cracked.com/article_17039...cientists.html

    ^The head transplant guy is #1, but I frankly consider #9 to be the most disturbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtech redneck View Post
    Its more utilitarian to harvest the organs of brain-dead patients, whereby you can save more lives from a single donor.
    Yup this.

    Besides, if we get to the point wherein we can transfer an entire human head to another body and have the body actually be functioning...wouldn't you think that we'd be able to repair spinal injuries at that point?

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    I want my head replaced with a giant praying mantis head.

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