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US Startup BrainBridge Unveils Ambitious Head Transplant System, Aims to Revolutionize Medical Science

A video showing a simulation of a head transplant by autonomous surgical robots has gone viral on social media, appearing almost like a scene from a Hollywood movie. The footage features robots performing simultaneous surgeries, removing a head from one robotic body and transplanting it onto another. This groundbreaking technique is being developed by BrainBridge, a neuroscience and biomedical engineering startup in the US.

BrainBridge has revealed its ambitious goal to create the world’s first head transplant system. The company, which has been operating in stealth mode, now seeks to bring attention to its work, aiming to offer new hope to patients with untreatable conditions such as stage-4 cancer, paralysis, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The procedure involves transplanting a patient’s head onto a healthy, brain-dead donor body, with the goal of preserving consciousness, memories, and cognitive abilities.

The video has elicited strong reactions on social media, with some users expressing ethical concerns. Comments included, “Can’t possibly imagine this being used unethically,” and “Can’t compete with God the creator.” Another user remarked, “This probably would be only available for the rich.”

BrainBridge is not the first company to work in this field. Other notable names in the brain-computer interface space include Neurable, Emotiv, Kernel, and NextMind. Elon Musk’s Neuralink recently made headlines by implanting a computer chip in the brain of a quadriplegic man.

Hashem Al-Ghaili, project lead at BrainBridge, stated that the company plans to use high-speed robotic systems to prevent brain cell degradation and ensure compatibility between the transplanted head and donor body. Advanced AI algorithms will guide the surgical robots in precisely reconnecting the spinal cord, nerves, and blood vessels. BrainBridge’s proprietary chemical adhesive and polyethylene glycol will assist in reconnecting severed neurons.

“Every step of the BrainBridge concept has been carefully thought out based on extensive scientific research. Our goal is to push the boundaries of medical science and provide innovative solutions for those battling life-threatening conditions,” Al-Ghaili told Samaa TV. He also mentioned that if feasibility tests yield positive results, the first surgery could be performed within eight years.

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