Tuesday, September 25, 2018 |
Department: Biohazards —
Topic: Bioethics —
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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