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Salvo 33

Salvo 33

Department: Biohazards — Topic: BioethicsSalvo #33

Cooler Heads

Body Transplants & Ethical Warnings by Paige Comstock Cunningham


Earlier this year, Dr. Sergio Canavero announced that he would attempt a head transplant within two years. His confident claims aside, the first problem with his statement is a semantic inversion. The "organ" that a donor would provide is not his head, but his body. The goal is to extend the life of a person with degenerative muscular or nerve disease or metastasized cancer by attaching his healthy head onto a healthy donor body. Thus, we are actually talking about body transplantation.

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