Apparently, the soviets were doing experiments on this decades ago. Here's a video of a soviet Russian scientist who had the head of a dog severed and managed to not only keep the brain alive, but the head responded to external stimuli.
Disclaimer: I'm posting this video just for those who are intellectually curious, but I should warn you...if you have a light stomach for this sort of thing (especially if you own a dog), I strongly advise you think twice before watching this video. It's not gory or anything, but it's honestly a little disturbing, and it may make you uncomfortable
^ again, think twice before clicking this. It's in black and white, but I really don't want to ruin anyones day by making them watch this when they probably shouldn't. The Soviets really didn't care about ethical procedures when conducting experiments so..
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I guess I just can't really comprehend the use of this. I don't doubt that science could make it feasible, but I don't see how it would translate to actual medical use. Like for an organ transplant, its very clear who gets the organ. But for a brain transplant, who would get one? And who would be donating their body for it? Does that mean all the other organs that would otherwise be used to save multiple people's lives would be diverted to the rich person who wants a new body? Also, the argument that older people could use it to have a younger body doesn't make logical sense. Their brains will still be the age of their original body and lets face it, cells can only live for a certain amount of time before dying. We have so many people already whose brains stop working before their bodies do. That's why dementia, alzheimer's, and parkinson's for example, are such widespread problems today. We've helped our bodies survive longer through medicine but our brains aren't keeping up. But what I'm really stuck on, if this technique is perfected who decides who deserves to be transplanted into someone else's body? Is it simply determined by who has the money?