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Italian doctor says world's first human head transplant 'imminent'

November 17, 2017View for printing

A controversial Italian doctor announced Friday that the world's first human head transplant was "imminent" and that it would take place in China because his efforts to get backing for the project were being ignored by medical communities and scientists in the United States and Europe.

"The Americans did not understand," Sergio Canavero said in a press conference in Vienna, Austria. He was discussing a surgery that if it works will be an audacious and near-miraculous therapy that defies decades of scientific wisdom and raises profound ethical questions. It also represents another area in which Beijing is seeking to assume the mantle of global leadership from climate to economic governance.

Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY ... /847288001/
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