By: Patrick Kiger
And no, we're not talking metaphorically about romance, as in the 1963 Paul Anka classic, later covered ably by 1970s teen idol Leif Garrett. We're talking literally here, about the possibility of surgically transplanting your noggin on someone else's body.
When I last wrote about head transplantation in this 2009 blog post, it still seemed like a fairly remote prospect, given the problem of connecting a transplanted head to the donor body's spinal cord. But now, in a newly published article in the medical journal Surgical Neurology International, Italian surgeon and neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group argues that recent developments in the use of fusogens--basically, plastic membranes that can be used to connect severed nerve fibers and allow the transmission of nerve impulses--now have eliminated that obstacle. He even describes a theoretical procedure for performing such a transplant. As he explains to Oggi.it, an Italian news website: "The head transplant in humans is technically possible. And in a couple of years could be a reality. "