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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Italian “transplanted the head of” the dog and the rat: the Russian scientists are full of skepticism

“Dizzy” operation for transplantation of goals – though not the man and the dog and the rat held the Italian neurosurgeon Sergio canavero (Sergio Canavero) in collaboration with the surgeons of South Korean University. Doctor from the University of Turin even shared with the audience a video in which the animals survived the trial operation. We will remind, earlier Canavero said that is preparing an operation to transplant the head of Russian programmer Valery Spiridonov.

In a video released creeps only unhappy rat, and a dog galloping after the “transplant” of the head, emblazoned only on the photos. Relevant article titled “the Frankenstein Effect” surgeons published in the American edition of Surgical neurology international surgical neurology). However, the Russian neurosurgeons this article is not convinced, in their opinion, the international community blatantly cheated swindlers from medicine.

photo: youtube.com

So, Director of the Turin advanced neuromodulation group, Sergio Canavero, as he now calls himself, insists on continuing to prepare for the unique operation to transplant the head man.

As we wrote earlier, a volunteer was a Russian programmer Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from the syndrome, werdnig-Hoffmann is a serious genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and gradually robs people of the opportunity to move. Method of treatment of this syndrome does not exist. Surgeon from Turin promises to transplant his head on a donor body.

Canavero has repeatedly criticized the fact that it promises to connect the nerve endings of the spinal cord with polyethylene glycol are mysterious quackery, he blamed the lack of serious scientific articles.

And on 13th September the SNI appears in the publication, which refers to a successful trial operations for the healing of the nerve endings of the spinal cord in rats and dogs.

Canavero explains that he did not cut off the heads of living beings, confining by cutting their spines. In the experiment they used was polyethylene glycol, introduced into the affected areas of the spinal cord, due to which after some time was achieved the restoration of connections between neurons.

Italian doctor writes that in the process of research was involved 8 rats and one dog. Rats were able to crawl after a few weeks (!) after the surgery, and the dog began to walk in three weeks after the experiment.

With the secret hope (and suddenly Canavero really make It work?), we asked two Russian neurosurgeons to comment on a scientific article.

Neurosurgeon, candidate of medical Sciences Alexey KASCHEEV

– Nothing new in this article, I have not seen, because, first, for the most part it is a historical overview, which tells about the evolution of ideas about the neuronal death experience.

Second, animals in this experiment were not separated, and only suppress the nervous tissue and linked it. The technology of this detail is not described, not described as the mysterious polyethylene glycol, which is supposedly capable of connecting tissue.

As with all the previous comments, I would like to say that if the information is true – Canavero and his colleagues own the technology exceeds the current level of science for several decades.

But this is unlikely, given the fact that these technologies require a very large number of scientists that are simply impossible to hide. This is how to hide the flight to Mars!

In addition, you need to pay attention to the fact that the authors deliberately set themselves too ambitious a task. If miracle gel was a reality, they would have started with a less sensational thing is the restoration of spinal cord patients have incurable without a transplant of the head.

In Russia about 60 thousand, and in the world – tens of millions of patients with complete anatomic interruption of the spinal cord, they would agree to any surgery. Any serious scientist would try first, its effect on such patients. But we do not see. From this I conclude again that we are dealing with profanity, which, by the way witness, the reputation of the journal SNI in which it was published.

This magazine has a low level of citation, it is only the online edition, it has no printed version. In addition, between the receipt of the article (it launched August 2016) and its publication (September 13, 2016) it’s only been a month and a half…. Normal scientific journals do not consider the article in such a short time – for example European Journal of Neuroscience, averaging considers such publication to 6-8 months, they undergo repeated editing.

Most likely the article about which we are talking is a fake web – this is done to attract investment in the new institution. As for the video, it is published on a questionable resource: we see a dog with a bandaged neck, and the photo can’t tell, operated on or not.


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