MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The world’s first human head transplant will set a "historic milestone" in medicine and boost a variety of medical studies including immunology, Ren Xiaoping, a surgeon conducting fundamental research behind the operation, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
"The success of this operation will set a historic milestone in medicine and give impulse to different areas of medical science," Ren said. "In terms of human development…patients will have a chance for a longer life."
Earlier media reports said Ren would attempt the ambitious operation together with Canavero, but the Chinese scientist, who heads the microsurgical center at Harbin Medical University in China, said he had yet to discuss his cooperation with the Italian doctor.
"We haven’t actually discussed the transplant on the Russian patient with Canavero… Nor have we set a date or place for the operation," Red told Sputnik.
The operation will reportedly involve cooling the Russian patient’s head and the donor body to extend the period during which the cells can survive without oxygen. The heads will be severed at the same time with sharp and thin blades so that the fibers in the spinal cord can be directly connected to the head.