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First human head transplant could happen in two years

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Soodanim

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If it's the body being replaced, surely it's a body transplant and not a head transplant. Different head, different brain, different person. New body? Same brain.
I didn't read the OP
 

leadbelly

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I suppose it's cool, but I don't see how such a procedure would be practical. I find transplant surgery depressingly insufficient to begin with. Yes, they do extend the lives of people that would otherwise die, but they will always have to fight a battle against their immune system, which eventually takes its toll.

Growing organs is definitely the way to go. Much more funding needs to go into that.
 

Meffer

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Soylent Green is people. Or for those who do not get this reference, the homeless population will be good enough.

Serious response, I have no clue. If someone just died, then their body would not be ideal.
That's why the would-be black market surrounding this sounds so scary.
 

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This could end up being a better solution to gender dysphoria, asuming we can grow bodies and don't just have to wait for people to die.
 
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I really don't know what to think of this.
 

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However, she adds that many cultures would not approve of the surgery because of their belief in a human soul that is not confined to the brain.

scary shit right here.

chills down my spine when I read it.
 

BreezyLimbo

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More like the poor, homeless or smuggled getting bodies stolen to sell to rich. Crazy underground market when this matures I bet.

Ayup, this is what I'm worried about. It's not going to be a cheap surgery, and the fact that they need a set up of nearly freezing both bodies to low temperatures means that they can't just start using any corpse or person that died due to an accident, so it'd have to be donors(Who the hell would give up their body).

It's really...foolish. Unless they can use recently dead corpses(Which again, they need to cool down a living body from a donor to low temperatures in order to do the surgery) which would be near impossible because rigor mortis starts setting in, then the only other option would be to use mentally ill people because....I dunno.

Unless they start creating young bodies through science...but in the end it'll still be only the rich having access to this. I do not like this at all, and not for religious reasons.
 

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"Well I"m looking for a 180cm Englishman who was ripped and has a star shaped birthmark on his shoulder blade. "

"Ahh yes, hold on one sec. William! we've got a Dio over here!"
 

DarkKyo

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"Get it off! Rip it off! What am I doing? Oh, God!"
"Oh, no. The body's rejecting the head!"
"You think? Get it off me!"
 

alterno69

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Creepy stuff for sure, i mean what the hell. Body transplants now?
Not sure i want to live in such a world.
 

CrunchyFrog

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The ethical issues this raises in practice are astronomical. Body harvesting, human identity, this isn't some Frankenstein shit you just jump into. Not to mention the ability to cleanly fuse spinal cords is downright insane at best. Slightly misplace the spinal cord at a micrometer or two off, woops you've misaligned the fibres of the vagus nerve, your heart won't start, like, ever.
 

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If this procedure were to ever become mainstream it would still be nearly impossible to find full body donors. How many causes of death would even leave full bodies in donatable condition?
There are plenty. Anything that causes brain death but not cardiac death. A gunshot wound crossing both hemispheres but leaving the brainstem intact is the perfect body specimen, provided that the person is intubated quickly enough. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of self-inflicted examples like that occurring every year in the U.S.

I suppose it's cool, but I don't see how such a procedure would be practical. I find transplant surgery depressingly insufficient to begin with. Yes, they do extend the lives of people that would otherwise die, but they will always have to fight a battle against their immune system, which eventually takes its toll.
A successful liver transplant can last 10+ years. The transplanted liver cells regenerate to become host liver cells and it is routine for successful transplant recipients to taper down their immunosuppression by a lot.
 

leadbelly

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A successful liver transplant can last 10+ years. The transplanted liver cells regenerate to become host liver cells and it is routine for successful transplant recipients to taper down their immunosuppression by a lot.

Yeah. They're better having than not. Some people can live a fairly long life. The chances of the transplanted organ failing though becomes greater every year.

1 year after the kidney transplant, the life span of the transplanted kidneys is about 92%, after 5 years it is 80% and after 10 years it is 54%

And immunosuppressant drugs have their own set of risks to them.

If or when we get to the point where growing organs on mass is feasible, all those issues disappear.
 

NEO0MJ

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Like others said, how the hell are you going to get bodies from? Not many people suffer from illness or inury that leaves the body perfectly intact.

Unless they plan to make use of prisoners for that, but then you have the problem of people convicted harshly for crimes because the judge was paid by someone who set their eyes on a body.
 

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Would the head age according to the body? Could bodies be manufactured from some sort of test tube baby lab thing? Can your head be installed on other things like a cow or an ape?

Probably better to find ways to repair the body over hotswapping. :[
 

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Would the head age according to the body? Could bodies be manufactured from some sort of test tube baby lab thing? Can your head be installed on other things like a cow or an ape?

Probably better to find ways to repair the body over hotswapping. :[

The cells of the head would age at its own pace.
 
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