Sergio Canavero, a controversial professor and neurosurgeon, wants to perform the first human head transplant in December.
Like a sci-fi tale come to life, Canavero, who’s also the former director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, claims that people whose brains have been cryogenically frozen could be revived within three years.
“At the moment, I can only disclose that there has been massive progress in medical experiments that would have seemed impossible even as recently as a few months ago,” Canavero told OOOM.
His announcement comes after a recent study in which his team transplanted the head of a smaller rat onto a larger one, which was published in CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics, according to Newsweek.
Understandably, Canavero’s plans have not been endorsed by all of his contemporaries. Bioethicists like Arthur Caplan are up in arms about the Dr. Frankenstein-like operation.
“I think it’s ludicrously stupid,” Caplan, who works at New York University, told Live Science. “You’d probably be charged with homicide if you chop somebody’s head off before they’re dead.”