FUTURE HEAD TRANSPLANTS
An Italian neuroscientist who’s been making headlines for months by claiming he is about to perform a human head transplant baffled and disappointed a conference of surgeons Friday, saying he needed American help to pull it off.
Dr. Sergio Canavero has been saying he is on the verge of transplanting a live person’s head onto another body. He even has a volunteer: Valery Spiridonov, 30, a Russian computer scientist with a rare, genetic muscle-wasting disease called spinal muscular atrophy.
Technically, we can cut your head off. We can attach the skin. We can hook up the arteries. We can hook up the nerves. But can you hook up the brain and spinal tissue?