A successful transplant of a person’s head will involve placing his/her entire spinal cord into another body.
The British neurosurgeon Bruce Matthew believes that advancements in medical science will enable to perform human head transplants in the coming decades.
However, the scientist holds that the surgery will involve a head transplant together with a spinal cord. So far, such experiments have been performed only on animals and human corpses and they have not included spinal cord transplants.
The key issue with head transplants is the fusion of spinal cord parts from different people.
Bruce Matthew is convinced that the new approach involving an entire spinal cord transplant, which will easier fuse with individual nerves, should help in this endeavor. As early as 2030, medical technology will be advanced enough for such surgery. However, splicing two parts of spinal cords from two different patients will remain impossible, according to the scientist.
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