Gap Fill - Head Transplants - Level 6


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It is science fiction or a from a horror movie, but a neurosurgeon said head transplants could be by the year 2030. Transplant surgery has come on and bounds in the last few . Organ transplants are commonplace and this past decade has seen face transplants. The next decade could see heads being transplanted. Neurosurgeon Bruce Mathew explained why he believes this is possible. He was working with author Michael J Lee on a science fiction novel. He said: "Initially, our was just to brainstorm an idea and it seemed rather , but then I realised, it actually isn't. If you transplant the brain and spinal cord , it's not impossible."

Doctor Matthew, 63, has performed over 10,000 . He claims that head transplants would only be possible if the head was accompanied by the whole of its spinal cord. Advancements in and spinal cord surgery, robotics and stem cell transplants mean it could be possible to attach an spinal cord and head to another body before 2030. Dr Matthew continued: "The of keeping the spinal cord in one piece has always been totally daunting, but with modern technology you can do things." Matthew also believes that would also move with the head and spinal cord from one body to . The technology could treat spinal cord and diseases like dystrophy.

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