Re: NEURO: Head Transplants"

Spike Jones (spike66@ibm.net)
Sun, 29 Aug 1999 19:04:23 -0700

Greg, this looks true, but there are a couple things I dont understand. The experimenters that switched the chimp heads commented that heads are in fact one of the easier organs to transplant, because everything is out in the open.

They say it costs 800,000. Why should it be so costly? I know there are buttloads of muscles in the neck, but if they are going to be useless anyway, why connect them? Looks like the surgeons need to only sew together the major blood vessels.

The other thing they said was that this technique had been proven on mammals in the early 1990s, but I saw what looked like a reliable website describing the chimp experiments that took place back in the 1960s. Perhaps the newspaper messed it up?

This could be critical as hell, since if it works, it would be the most promising path to cryonics for people with emphasema or other disease. spike

GBurch1@aol.com wrote:

> I'm not vouching for the accuracy of this . . . .
>
> >From The Sunday Times,
> http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/99/08/29/stinwenws03005.html?99
>
> Head transplants give paralysed new hope
> Jonathan Leake
> Science Editor
>
> A LEADING brain surgeon has unveiled plans to perform the first human head
> transplant. The operation, already carried out successfully on dogs and
> monkeys, would initially cost 800,000....
>
> The technique for transplanting heads was proven in principle with small
> mammals in the early 1990s. However, it was abandoned when scientists
> realised that the extra time needed to reconnect larger human arteries and
> muscles would deprive the brain of oxygen and cause tissue damage....