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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Scientists to perform first full-face transplant

United States scientists are preparing to perform the world's first full-face transplant. The 24-hour operation involves lifting an entire face from a dead donor -- including nose cartilage, nerves and muscles -- and transferring them to someone hideously disfigured by burns or other injuries. A team at the University of Louisville in Kentucky has submitted a 30-page request to the university's ethics committee, New Scientist reports today (More)


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