November 27, 2002

Face transplants '18 months' away

Face transplants '18 months' away

Peter Butler of the Royal Free Hospital in London said that new techniques and improved anti-rejection drugs have made it possible to graft a face on to another person. It is believed that a team of clinicians is being created at the Royal Free.

In the future, patients will be to have the donated "face" of a dead person, complete with arteries and muscles, grafted on to their own. The complicated and lengthy operation would give the recipient greater movement in their face, marking a departure from the mask-like characteristics of current grafting techniques.

In other news relating to Modern Marvels, the Times didn't try to charge me 60 bucks to read this.

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