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Friday, 2 July 2004

IPKAT PATENT OF THE MONTH: KEEPING A LEVEL HEAD


Are you sick of the fact that all the girls only want you for your body? Do you wish that once in a while they’d appreciate that you’re really quite a brainy chap too? Well, this month’s patent of the month (courtesy of Weird & Wonderful Patents) is for you.

This device for perfusing an animal’s head allows you to keep a brain alive, at least in the physical and biochemical sense after the head has been severed from the animal’s body. This enables

“various types of analyses to be performed on the head (including pharmaceutical, toxicological, hormonal, and neurological analysis) without being affected by various metabolites generated by digestive and other internal organs when such analyses are performed on intact animals”.
Moreover, there’s not need to worry about being accused of being a spineless wonder – the invention comes with the reassuring guarantee that the spine may be left attached to the discorped head.

The IPKat thinks this invention stands head (but not shoulders) above comparable inventions in the field.

More severed body parts here, here and here

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