Brain Transplants? Just Another Day at the Lab.

photo by Diganta Talukdar

Everyone knows entomologists are the creepiest people in the world. Even entomologists themselves know this.

Perhaps trying to distract from this unwanted attention, bug scientists have been relatively modest about the nightmarish experiments that have been commonplace in their profession for the last 90 years: brain transplants.

IO9 reports on the first instance of insect brain transplants:

… a biologist named Walter Finkler reported that he had managed to successfully transplant the heads of insects. He’d grab two insects, cut off their heads with sharp scissors, and switch them. The fluid that the insects themselves leaked cemented the new heads in place. After a little time — a 1923 article says a few weeks — the insects were healed up and doing whatever their new heads told them to do.

According to Finkler’s research, male heads transplanted to female bodies continued acting as males. The reverse was true of females. Since Finkler’s original study, insect head transplantation has become a fairly common activity among entomologists. And, while full body switches may be a long ways off for humans, the question for the comments section is … with whose head would you want to swap?

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  • kowalityjesus

    Just think, if Stalin were an invertebrate, he would still be around…at least his head.

    • eric82

      u look hella fine though, bro – with a bod like that, I wouldn’t wanna swap either

  • BuzzCoastin

    this will only work when you use insects like:
    politicians, lawyers, military officers, cops

    insects like that have already had a brain transplant
    another can’t hurt them