- Head Transplant BREAKTHROUGH: Scientists Detach And Reattach Spinal Cords of 9 Rats
by SEAN MARTIN, http://www.express.co.uk/
CONTROVERSIAL neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero – the doctor plotting the world’s first head transplant – has claimed to have successfully severed and reconnected the spinal cord of nine mice.
The development could have overcome one of the major stumbling blocks for head transplants. Dr Canavero and a team of Chinese doctors severed the spinal cords of 15 rats, and attempted to reattach nine of them, with the other six as test subjects.
The team used polyethylene glycol, which is found in medicines but also industrial processes, to fix the spinal cords, while attempting to minimise blood loss. All of the rats, bar one, managed to survive for an astonishing 30 days after the experiment, according to the report in the journal CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics.
The rats even managed to walk again and regain basic motor functionality, while the researchers said two of the rodents returned to a state of being “basically normal”.
However, the team note the spinal cord severance needs to be extremely clean for the procedure to work.