First-ever human head transplants could be possible by 2030, says an NHS veteran

Transplantation of human head could be possible in the next ten years, says a former NHS (National Health Service) veteran.

Bruce Mathew, a former clinical lead at the Hull University Teaching Hospitals ran by the NHS trust, believes that human head transplants will be possible by 2030. The veteran realized this feat when he was working on a Sci-Fi novel with Micheal Lee at the Insitute of Futurology. He firmly believes that in the future, we will have technologies to replace the entire spinal cord. With advancements in stem cell technology, neurosurgery, and robotics, the 63-year-old veteran strongly believes this milestone is easily possible by 2030.

The keyhole idea

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Initially, this brainstorming idea of transplanting the entire spinal cord and brain was thought to be silly. But later, he realized that this would make things possible rather than transferring the brain alone. He further added transplanting the brain by severing the spinal cord is utterly ridiculous as some scientists claim this idea. He also states that with our recent developments, we are able to connect one or two nerves, but with future AI development, we will do hundreds of such nerves. One should note that it is difficult as of now to remove the spinal cord with the dura mater intact, so it will take a lot of advancements to achieve that feat.

In addition, the degree to which the brain and spinal cord will integrate with the recipient’s DNA is questionable. Future stem cell technologies will be able to prevent possible rejection by colonizing it with the recipient’s DNA. Although there are huge obstacles ahead, it will be possible with future advancements. He concludes that with more people deep-frozen, hoping to get cured in new bodies, and this may be a keyhole that will create a future breakthrough.

Source: Independent

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