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A surgeon aiming to do the first human head transplant says 'Frankenstein' predicted a crucial part of the surgery

Business Insider

To Sergio Canavero, "Frankenstein" is scientific inspiration.

The Italian neurosurgeon told Business Insider that Mary Shelley's classic novel convinced him that he could complete theworld's first full-body transplant.Canavero claims he'll complete the procedure on a human next fall in China.

Not only did the book reveal a missing piece in his plan to swap the heads of two humans, Canavero said, it also provided the justification for the dangerous procedure.

Just as the fictional Doctor Victor Frankenstein discovered how to give life to inanimate matter, Canavero aims to cheat death. The surgeon envisions a future in which healthy people could opt for full-body transplants as a way to liv longer, eventually even putting their heads on clone bodies.

"I’m into life extension," he told Business Insider on a recent Skype call. "Life extension and breaching the wall between life and death."

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