The Telegraph reports that the controversial head transplant procedure presented last year by Italian doctor Sergio Canavero was successfully performed on a monkey. The researchers state that they are ready to attempt the same on a human "by the end of next year."
According to Prof Canavero, the team led by Xiaoping Ren, connected the blood supply to prove that the animal could survive without suffering brain injury. They have not yet attempted to join the spinal cords so if the animal survived it would be completely paralysed.
“The monkey fully survived the procedure without any neurological injury of whatever kind,” says Prof Canavero, but said it was only kept alive for only 20 hours after the procedure for ethical reasons.
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