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1960s dog brain transplant was not followed by human studies

Researcher who did canine work went on to transplant monkey head

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8:00am, October 29, 2015
brain schematic

BRAIN SCHEMATIC  A 1975 schematic shows how neuroscientist Robert J. White kept a donor monkey brain “alive” while connected to a recipient’s body.

Dog brain transplanted  Dog brains have been successfully transplanted for the first time in medical history. Dr. Robert J. White and his team of scientists at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital … believe this accomplishment has opened the way to treatment of brain tumors, cancerous growths and a better knowledge of the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis.The transplant … acted as a second brain in the animal’s neck. — Science News Letter, November 13, 1965

UPDATE

In 1970, White transplanted a rhesus monkey’s head onto a decapitated body, but the animal did not survive long. The problem of how to reconnect severed spinal cords remains a

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