China's Former Vice Minister of Public Health Condemns Head Transplantation Operation by Chinese Professor as 'Ridiculous'
Xu Wei
/SOURCE : Yicai
China's Former Vice Minister of Public Health Condemns Head Transplantation Operation by Chinese Professor as 'Ridiculous'

(Yicai Global) Nov. 30 -- The recent head transplantation experiment carried out by Ren Xiaoping, a professor at Harbin Medical University in northeastern Heilongjiang province, violates China's laws on organ transplantation and violates basic ethical norms, said Huang Jiefu, China's former vice minister of public health, today. The ethic committees or leaders of relevant entities should be held to account, Huang demanded on his microblogging account. Huang is the current chairman of the China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee.

The human head transplantation is technologically infeasible, and it is "meaningless and ridiculous" to conduct such experiments on dead bodies, China Daily quoted Huang as saying.  "Repair of damaged spinal nerves and brain cells is a challenge that has not been overcome in any part of the world," Huang was quoted by China Daily as saying.

Professor Ren Xiaoping and his team carried out the 18-hour operation on a corpse last week, causing a stir. "China will never allow such clinical experiments (head transplants) to be conducted in our country," Huang told the Paper on Nov. 23.

"As a transplant surgeon, I strongly oppose such sensationalization," Huang said. Clinical head transplantation violates China's laws on human organ transplantation, and the ethic committees of relevant entities should be held accountable, he demanded.

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Keywords: Head Transplant , Operation , Surgery , Health