Surgeons from China and Italy claimed that two research printed Wednesday add proof to their skill to deal with “irreversible” spinal-cord accidents and a associated controversial aspiration to carry out the world’s first human head transplant.
Xiaoping Ren and Sergio Canavero mentioned the new work they printed in a scientific journal confirmed that monkeys and canines had been ready to stroll once more after their spinal cords had been “fully transected” throughout surgical procedure after which put again collectively once more. The neurosurgeons described the outcomes as medically “unprecedented.”
The extremely experimental procedures happened at Harbin Medical University in China. Both research had been supported by video proof and printed in Surgical Neurology International, a peer-reviewed medical journal primarily based within the United States.
Canavero, who is predicated in Turin, Italy, and has a fame within the world medical group as one thing of a sensationalist, mentioned that for too lengthy neurological surgeons have “stuck to the view that a severed spinal cord cannot be mended in any way, a mantra uncritically repeated over and over.”
Still, even when the alleged advance – it includes making use of a polyethylene glycol substance, or PEG, “to mend” severed or injured spinal cords – withstands additional scrutiny and is finally able to serving to sufferers with spinal cord accidents and paralysis it’s seemingly to be met with skepticism. That’s partly due to the 2 researchers’ previous claims that they need to use the approach with PEG as a foundation for human head transplants.
While the researchers have examined head transplants, with some success, on small animals together with mice and canines, it is a idea that raises raises profound moral, psychological and surgical questions. It additionally calls to thoughts Mary Shelley’s 1831 novel Frankenstein, a couple of scientist who creates a creature from body elements.