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Transplanting heads to different bodies possible in just two years, scientist says

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(NaturalNews) The old adage "idle hands are the devil's workshop" couldn't be a more accurate description for the types of projects now taking place in the name of progressive "science." A scientist from Europe claims to be developing a way to transplant the head from one person's body onto another in order to reanimate life, and he says the technology should be ready within two years.

Sergio Canavero from Turin, Italy, has developed a manifesto, of sorts, that outlines how this bizarre transfer of body parts will work. Though many others in his field have already discounted the idea as an unrealistic pipe dream, Canavero is convinced that he will one day be able to sever the head of a "donor" and reattach it onto a dead body, sparking a new breed of life form into existence.

As published in the journal Surgical Neurology International, Canavero's protocol seems to address some of the obvious shortcomings associated with attaching one person's head to another person's body, including the likely impossible feat of forcing the brain of one body to recognize the spinal cord nerves of another.

But Canavero is determined, at least as far as he can garner enough support from other fellows in his field and also from the public to make the project a reality. However, with the runaway train that is the ever-evolving field of biotechnology, this could prove to be a challenge, especially since such a procedure is arguably medically unnecessary.

"If society doesn't want it, I won't do it," Canavero is quoted as saying. "But if people don't want it, in the US or Europe, that doesn't mean it won't be done somewhere else. I'm trying to go about this the right way, but before going to the moon, you want to make sure people will follow you."

Severing live heads and gluing them to dead bodies is immoral "Frankenscience"

On its surface, Canavero's justification and approach might sound admirable. But the real question is why does he want to do these types of transplants in the first place? Is it just about advancing science, or is this just another attempt at trying to attain god-like status for the purpose of reengineering and ultimately controlling all life?

Morally speaking, when would it ever be appropriate to remove the head of a live person, donor or not, and attempt to reattach it to someone else's dead body? This is an important question (and there are many more) that isn't being addressed in this mad rush to start assembling human bodies from scratch, hoping for the best.

"The real stumbling block is the ethics," admits Canavero. "Should this surgery be done at all? There are obviously going to be many people who disagree with it."

Then there's the issue of how a human being is defined -- is a person's inherent and unique humanity defined by his brain? And where does his soul reside? Chopping off people's heads and gluing them to other people's dead bodies pays no regard to these complex issues. And based on all available evidence, the concept has virtually no chance of being successful anyway.

"There is no evidence that the connectivity of cord and brain would lead to useful sentient or motor function following head transplantation," said Richard Borgens, director of the Center for Paralysis Research at Purdue University, as quoted by New Scientist.

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