Writing in the journal , Dr Canavero said the results of the experiments should dispel the hysteria around full head transplants 'once and for all'. However it can only replace parts of it. Do we assume a person is his or her memories? So, I guess it just depends on what part s of the brain are damaged and needed replaced. And there are some parts of the brain, that if removed and replaced with the same part, that it would not lose memory of its past. If this could ever be accomplished since such equipment is not available , then the question of whether or not the individual's own neurological connections and synchronicity, combined with their motor memories could result in a successful physical action to take place exists. Although an Italian neurosurgeon recently boasted that he plans to conduct a human head transplant within two years, experts say this proposal is scientifically and ethically absurd.
I personally think those who are younger could use the transplant more than older people because their lifetime could be longer than someone of old age. I know if it were me and my brain was not working as accurate as it should be, I would want some sort of brain transplant as well. It got me thinking a lot so I began googling about brain transplant. Like I think it sounds too SciFi-ish and too risky and big for us humans to do. Canavero believes the time is right to revisit this controversial procedure, due to recent advances in surgical techniques and scientific understanding. He pointed to experiments conducted in the 1800s using the corpses of criminals who had been hung as proof such tests could be successful. I think that it would ruin a person, so i do not think we should do it.
But as a neuroscientist, until we have the technology to reconnect the spinal cord, neither is an appealing prospect in reality. And yes, the donor would have to be dead. I think that this operation would not be possible because the person would have to be brain dead in order to donate their brain. Nor do we require some Adriatic ghost or watery homunculus to lurk in its depths, in order to validate its reality. The implications are so incredible, I can't even wrap my healthy brain around them! In 1954 Russian scientists transplanted the head and upper thorax of a puppy onto a larger dog, creating a two-headed dog.
The patient's head would then be attached to the donor body with the help of a solution known as polyethylene gylcol. Anyway, a male's brain is usually larger than a female's brain, so in the scenario of transplanting it, it might not even fit inside the smaller sculp. Youd bring back a person that was already pass their living period. This will not keep the person alive indefinitely as the brains age and degenerate over time — and I would not be very optimistic about our ability to stop aging completely. However, four of the rats were killed in a flood at the team's laboratory and so they were not able to see if movement was restored. According to , there were 8,127 deceased organ donors and 6,017 living organ donors in the United States, adding up to 28,535 organ transplants overall. Will this mean a person has died during the procedure then come back to life if his when the brain is fully on? I think it should wait until the far far far future though.
While the dog was initially paralysed, three days later the team report it was able to move its limbs. Small brain transplants like seems like we are just around the corner of doing, but should we? When someone needs a brain transplant then we should definitely do it and we hopefully will save lives. Consider Japan, where the locus of self is thoracic and abdominal. Since the nerves connecting the head of the primates to their bodies scarred, however, the experiment ultimately resulted simply in the keeping of one head alive via the circulatory system of another's body. Do we grow it for someone with a severe brain tumor? Brain-dead patients or brains that were never fully functional could be fixed, repaired, and even improved! With half of 26 categories, the transplant could work.
Hector's brain is the main character of the cartoon. The re-connection of spinal cords can be accomplished through the , which are at work even in the severed spinal cord. They would not be used to replace whole brains, because that would not work. If this happens, the identity and personality of the original brain owner will be allowed to continue within new physical body, natural or artificial. Transplant kidneys, bone marrow, hearts, lungs, etc.
Of course the assumption I am making in the above statement is that memories are a basic ingredient of each of our personalities. It is possible when it is done using fetal brain slices. But certainly to replace a lobe today, that would be science fiction with current technology. One concerns use of resources. Like if someone was born crippled, but they want to be an athlete, then they can just get their brain put in a new body. I don't think anyone with any kind of moral or ethical center would consider a brain transplant to be anything other than unthinkable. The nanoglue is also applied to areas like the optic nerves, that need to be spliced into the new brain.
Guess I am more information-theoretic. Update: New Scientist reported Feb. If we want to know if it works try it; simple as that. Yes, include the brain's owner's personality, conscience and knowledge. So yes people can have brain transplants because your brain is connected to the rest of your body.