London: A scientist has claimed that advances in cell engineering have paved way for a full human head transplant in future.

In a paper published recently, Dr Sergio Canavero, of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, said that these advancements mean that surgeons will now theoretically be able to fuse a human spinal cord just like it happened in Mary Shelley's classic story 'Frankenstein,' a newspaper reported.

The last attempt was done in 1970 when the head of a Rhesus monkey was transplanted onto another at a lab in Ohio, US, and even though the simian lived for 8 days, it was never able to move below the neck, as the 'axons' in its spinal cord could not be repaired.

However, Canavero believes that he will be able to do this thanks to chemicals called 'membrane fusogens' or sealants, some of which are already used for making medicines.

He claimed in the paper that the greatest technical obstacle to endeavor like these is reconnecting donor's and recipient's spinal cords, adding that he believes that the technology now exists for such sort of linkages.


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