Which is more important: surgery or plastic surgery?
This week on New Scientist, the team behind the pioneering surgery of a dead whale, in the hopes that it might one day be able to help save endangered orcas.
Rousey’s surgery was hailed as a success when it was published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
But he’s now facing criticism for not using a more natural method of extraction.
In his words, his surgery was a “scare tactic” that only serves to confuse the public.
“It was not a surgery, it was a scare tactic, it’s a technique of deception,” he told the BBC.
Rouses surgery involves extracting the whale’s brain and spinal cord using a special type of metal bar that’s attached to a robotic hand.
The bar is then connected to a suction cup, which squeezes the brain and spine together.
The result is a huge blob of muscle, called a gill, that can be removed.
But for the past decade, scientists have been debating how to safely extract the whale.
“We are currently studying the potential of this method,” said a spokesperson for the National Aquarium, who declined to be named.
“Theoretically, if we use a technique that has never been used before, it could be used to extract the gill from the whale and then extract the spinal cord.”
In other words, Rouses method involves extracting brain and muscle from a whale that’s dead.
But it’s also possible to do it without any real spinal cord, according to Dr Mark O’Keefe, a marine biologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
“I’m sure there are methods out there, but I don’t know if we would know which ones,” he said.
“If you do this technique, it takes a lot of energy to do, so you need a big rig to do this kind of work, and there is no guarantee that it will be safe.”
The US Department of Agriculture has also said it’s investigating whether Rouses technique is safe.
But there are concerns about whether Rousey should have done this at all.
“In this case, it is not safe, it should not have been done,” Dr O’Reilly told the Guardian.
“There is a risk that if we do this and remove the brain, it will cause the animal to die.
It could result in brain damage, which is not good for the animal, which would be detrimental.”‘
I can’t think of any better job’But Rouses surgery is not the only method of whale extraction being investigated.
Earlier this year, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used a special method to extract a whale’s heart and liver.
They found that it was possible to extract muscle tissue, which was a much more effective method.
Dr O’Hare told the ABC that it’s not clear what’s responsible for the discrepancy.
“There are so many other techniques out there that are better, more humane and safer, he said, “but there are certainly not all of them.
The scientists who developed the procedure were also criticised for not telling people about the risks involved.””
These techniques are currently being tested and are in the process of being evaluated by NOAA Fisheries and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS),” she said.
The scientists who developed the procedure were also criticised for not telling people about the risks involved.
“My impression is that they didn’t do their research properly,” Dr Rouseys son, James Rouse, told the Associated Press.
“They just went into this thinking that they could extract the brain or liver.
There’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest that.”