Giving Head (Transplants)

The headline at Gizmodo says: A Neuroscientist Says Human Head Transplants are Totally Possible. And the story provide details; an Italian scientist thinks the operation may be do-able in coming years.

But the most eye catching bit is this part:

Canavero uses the example of Case Western Reserve scientist Robert White to make his case. In 1970, White completed a head transplant with Rhesus monkeys. It was mostly successful—the recipient monkey was able to hear, taste, smell, and see, and it survived for a while after the operation was complete.

I’m reading this and thinking, “why have I never heard of this?” Sometimes science is crazier than science fiction.

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