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FC: Brain Transplants court.moore.*

2: A whole-body or brain transplant is a hypothetical operation that would move the brain of one being into the body of another. It is a procedure different from head transplant, which involves transferring the entire head to a new body, as opposed to the brain only. Theoretically, a person with advanced organ failure could be given a new and functional body while keeping their own personality and memories.

3: Although many scientists have challenged the feasibility of this process, few would say that it was not possible given current research into organ transplant and human cloning. Some bioethics argue that there are difficult moral problems involved in harvesting a brain dead body, a body of a criminal due to be executed or an individual soon to die of a brain based illness.

4: One of the most significant barriers to the procedure is the inability of nerve tissue to heal properly; scarred nerve tissue does not transmit signals. However, recent research may provide pointers as to how to regenerate nerves without scarring.

5: Nerve tissue.

6: There is also a potiential problem of the new interface at the spinal cord, in that even if all the nerves are connected successfully, they may not transmit the same information as the same nerve connection in the old body.

7: Brain transplants are not yet successful, but at the rate at which science is progressing, one day there might be a successful human brain transplant.

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