A group of scientists are planning to perform a human head transplant at the end of 2017. But is their plan scientifically feasible?

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

Sergio Canavero is an Italian neurosurgeon who has announced plans to transplant an entire human head onto a different human body at the end of 2017...yep. Whole head transplant? How possible is this? Why hasn't this been done before? And maybe most importantly, why are people calling him crazy?

Unlike other organs, your brain and spinal cord are extremely sensitive to damage and resistant to repair. This is why injury to the neck or spine often results in permanent injury and complete reattachment of heads severed from their bodies has remained the stuff of science fiction and fantasy.

That's not to say that scientists aren't working diligently to develop techniques to aid in spinal cord repair. Current approaches include stem-cell therapies that encourage growth of new neurons and biological "glues" that work like electrical tape to patch severed fibers back together. But these approaches are far from helping patients fully recover after trauma. If we could do that, it would be a sensational step forward in the field of medical science.

 

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