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First human head transplant could happen in two years

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Ray Wonder

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Sounds like some Orochimaru shit. I feel like the news stories may have some weird ass headlines after this is normal.

"Man claims body acted on it's own."

"Skilift "accident" leaves man headless."
 

Tom Nook

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One step closer to...

 

Kickz

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Skeptical on the Spinal fusion.. last I checked we still got paraplegics around resulting from mangled spines.
 

stufte

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This scene scared the shit out of me when I was younger. Oh man

It's not that scene, but the scene where she's trying to steal the powder of life that scared the shit out of me. "DOOOOORRRROTHHHYYY GAAALLLLLLEEEE!!!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XjC_0lGm0E

On topic though, I'm not sure the psychological impact of being attached to another persons body... I'm not sure it'd be possible to get past it.
 

RobotVM

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This is very interesting, but if they can do this I wonder if they can help people who can't walk use the same chemicals to get some function back.
 

Kickz

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Sounds like some Orochimaru shit. I feel like the news stories may have some weird ass headlines after this is normal.

"Man claims body acted on it's own."

"Skilift "accident" leaves man headless."


"Teens in orphanages disappearing"

"Organ donation made mandatory"

"Mass graves of only human heads"
 

Captain Pants

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How likely is it that you'd be able to find a full body donor? It seems like most dead people aren't just perfect specimens where you could just swap a head out for another.
 

metalslimer

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Regarding the head, I wonder how long a person could last past their natural expiration date. 20 years? 30 years? How exciting this is!

Until we cure Alzheimer's there will be no stopping the degeneration of the brain.

Would't it be more effective to transplant brains?

No, it would be magnitudes more difficult
 

Robotguy

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The recipient's head is then moved onto the donor body and the two ends of the spinal cord – which resemble two densely packed bundles of spaghetti – are fused together. To achieve this, Canavero intends to flush the area with a chemical called polyethylene glycol, and follow up with several hours of injections of the same stuff. Just like hot water makes dry spaghetti stick together, polyethylene glycol encourages the fat in cell membranes to mesh.

And we make sure the correct nerves join together how?
 

Damaniel

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Skeptical on the Spinal fusion.. last I checked we still got paraplegics around resulting from mangled spines.

Exactly. There's no way that the procedure for fusing the spine would be as easy as is being suggested, otherwise we'd have the ability to repair spines in people who only consist of a single person's worth of head and body.

Sure, this all sounds creepy as fuck, but there's no way we'll be able to do this successfully in two years. I doubt we'll be able to do it in 20. Most people would question whether we should be doing it at all - I'm far more open on the idea, but I'll gladly admit that the ethics questions raised by this are serious and numerous.
 

metalslimer

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Exactly. There's no way that the procedure for fusing the spine would be as easy as is being suggested, otherwise we'd have the ability to repair spines in people who only consist of a single person's worth of head and body.

Sure, this all sounds creepy as fuck, but there's no way we'll be able to do this successfully in two years. I doubt we'll be able to do it in 20. Most people would question whether we should be doing it at all - I'm far more open on the idea, but I'll gladly admit that the ethics questions raised by this are serious and numerous.

Well this was done recently, so while it isn't as simple as it sounds here, I think in 20 years we will be much farther along in spinal cord repair.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29645760

It's a really fascinating field of study.
 

Geist-

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First off, I'm pretty sure there's a catch here, and probably not a small amount of bad science, but if true... this is fucking awesome. Combine this with cloning and not only will we vastly increase the lifespan of the average human, but people can change how they look too.

And if it works across sexes, I imagine a lot of transgender people will finally be able to have the bodies they've always wanted.
 

mclem

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I thought that happened already, back in '97. When Raven Software closed down.
 

Angry Grimace

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As soon as they find Ted Williams' head, he's back in business.
 
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