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Scientists Want to Transplant a Human Head, Here's Why That's a Bad Idea

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Categories: Biology   |   Health   |   Science  
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A group of scientists are planning to perform a human head transplant at the end of 2017. But is their plan scientifically feasible?

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  • Aubree Added This is a really bad idea, people could possibely die from this and who would they do this to? Someone against their will? And what if they start out with no memories? While it is a good idea to try in advancing new technologies, I don't think its very safe. Also, a good thing is that if you could do this, you may be able to live longer. If the person you are tradeing heads with is younger then your heart could have more beats and you could live longer, but, on the other hand, what would happen to the other person? And what if you did this experiment, if one person dies, then all the organs in the body would not work, and the other person would not survive, There are so many risks here that may not be worth it.