November 19, 2003


And here I thought this was just a very dumb Travolta/Cage movie plot.

Face transplants feasible - but not yet

An influential report on the ethics and feasibility of face transplants has decided on a "wait and see" approach. The UK panel - the first to address the issue anywhere in the world - decided that the risks of the operation outweigh the potential benefits at present.

I know this is a potential breakthrough that will help a lot of people, but there's something very disturbing about this idea. It just gives me the creeps. Can you imagine wearing somebody else's face? It seems much more unnatural than an organ or limb transplant, but I'm not sure why.

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