What if someone told you that you can be a superhuman much like the sci-fi or superhero movies which you have loved and watched all your lives? The tempting offer may interest a lot of people but embracing unknown risks is not something everyone would readily accept.However, a rogue scientist edited his own genes to boost his strength and senses to turn into a superhuman. Biochemist Josiah Zayner became the first person known to have edited his DNA with CRISPR — a process that can change DNA and, therefore, alter human genes.The former NASA worker who is also one of the world’s prominent biohackers said: “This is the first time in history that we are no longer slaves to our genetics.” He removed myostatin, which inhibits muscle growth, with the gene-cutting technology.This kind of technology is highly regulated in the US and the UK, but it’s not illegal to edit your own DNA.Zayner, whose firm sells DIY gene-editing kits, live-streamed the video of him injecting the modified copy of his DNA. He injected himself with new DNA that ‘excluded a gene that regulates muscle growth, a jellyfish protein that makes things glow, and even a concoction of a donor’s DNA to help get rid of his irritable bowel syndrome,’ NewsMax reported.
An Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero announced on Friday that the procedure to reattach the human head of a corpse to another dead body has been achieved as planned. The scientist, who claimed in 2015 that the full-body transplant in humans would happen within two years, is now claiming that he has ‘successfully’ transplanted a human head onto a dead body.”It’s important that people stop thinking this is impossible. This is absolutely possible and we’re working towards it,” Canavero told New Scientist last year.According to Express, Professor Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group said: “It will change everything. It will change you at every level. The first human head transplant, in the human mode, has been realised. The surgery lasted 18 hours. The paper will be released in a few days. Everyone said it was impossible, but the surgery was successful.”The operation was carried out by a team led by Dr Xiaoping Ren of Harbin Medical University, China. The procedure was performed on two dead bodies and the doctors were able to confirm that the connection had been successful through electrical stimulation of the nerves.This procedure involves severing of the head and the spinal cord and then attach a new one by fusing the spinal cord and reconnecting the nerves, tissues, and muscles in the neck and spine.
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Author: Channelnewsasia.com SG
Date: 8th October 2017, 08:04