Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canaveri has recently released a paper entitled “HEAVEN: The head anastomosis venture Project outline for the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage,”


Sergio Canaveri makes a claim straight out of science fiction: that the technology required for successful human-head transplantation is finally here, and that it could be used to help people with irreparable damage to their bodies and spinal cords.

Before human head transplantation could enter the realm of consideration, scientists would have to perform multiple successful experiments on primates, Stephen Latham, a bioethicist at Yale University, says. And none of those, he believes, would be condoned by any reasonable ethics committee.

But say the primate experiments did pass the ethics test. And so did the human trials. The fact remains that a head transplant is a bit outrageous for the needs of most patients, Latham says. In the case of quadriplegics, or individuals with full-body paralysis, scientists would perform less invasive surgical procedures before they attempted to replace the patient’s entire body, he says. “If you’d have the technology to attach spinal columns, you’d have certainly developed the technology to repair somebody’s broken spinal column,” he says, laughing.

Personally I think it’s a great idea, although possible going a little too far. That said, it certainly is a great option not only for those suffering from paraplegia but also those inflicted with a case of the uglies.

Ref: PopScience