Certain People – Maybe Even You – Have Special Poo That Can Save Lives

There are plenty of people who are exceptional in one way or another. But a new review published this week suggests that even the poo we make can be extraordinary. It argues that some of us are super faecal transplant donors, with poo that is uniquely suited to treating digestive and gut problems. Read More >>

World’s First Total Penis and Scrotum Transplant Allows Patient to ‘Feel Whole Again’

A surgical team from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore performed a total penis and scrotum transplant, the first operation of its kind anywhere in the world. Read More >>

Head Transplant Doctor Claims First Successful Human Head Transplant…on a Corpse

One nice thing about teddy bears is that if your dog tears the head off of your child’s favourite one, you can just sew it back on. But you don’t proclaim your achievement a “wild success”—rather, you say, “here, I have fixed your lifeless play-thing.” Read More >>

Head Transplant Scientists Re-Attach Rat Spines, Others Not Convinced

Sergio Canavero wants to transplant a head, and we can’t look away. Despite our continued scepticism, he does seem to be making progress. “Seem” being the operative word here, because others still aren’t convinced by the evidence. Read More >>

First American to Receive Double Hand Transplant Reveals it Was Unsuccessful

Jeff Kepner, the first American to receive a double hand transplant, wishes they could be removed. Read More >>

First Uterus Transplant in US Offers Hope to Thousands of Infertile Women

A team of surgeons at a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, have performed the first uterus transplant in the United States. A 26-year-old woman underwent the nine-hour operation on Wednesday, setting the stage for a future pregnancy — and what might possibly become a routine procedure in US hospitals. Read More >>

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This Disturbingly Brilliant Machine Makes Dead Hearts Beat Again

The squeamish amongst you may struggle to get the image out of your head, but this machine deserves recognition. It’s called the Organ Care System, and it’s capable of resurrecting dead hearts. By the way, that’s not a lazy way of saying it keeps live hearts from brain-dead people beating -- it actually works on hearts that have already stopped functioning. Read More >>

Behold the Most Extensive Face Transplant in Medical History

A firefighter whose face became disfigured during a rescue attempt is the recipient of the world’s most extensive face transplant. The 41-year-old now bears the face of a 26-year-old man who recently died in an extreme cycling accident. Read More >>

Man Has New Skull Transplanted On

A 15-hour medical procedure involving around 50 hospital staff has rebuilt several large chunks of the body of James Boysen, after brutal radiation therapy treatment for cancer ravaged his skull and internal organs. Read More >>

The Crazy Science Behind a Proposed Human Head Transplant

An Italian neuroscientist who is an advocate of head transplants now wants to make one actually happen. He'll be announcing a project at a surgical conference later this year. Here's how the human head transplant will work — supposedly. Read More >>

YouTube Poo Transplant Videos Get the Thumbs Up

Motherboard has been investigating the world of the fecal transplant, or the act of mixing someone else's poo up with water and injecting it up your own bottom. Unusually for something on the internet involving bottoms, this is not for sex reasons -- it's been shown to help with several gut disorders. [Motherboard] Read More >>

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3D Head Replicas are Making Face Transplants Easier

Detailed 3D replicas of the faces of potential transplant recipients are being created to guide surgeons around the topography of the skull, creating better outcomes for those in need of a new collection of features. Read More >>

Hearts From the Dead Transplanted into Living Patients

Hearts from people that have been "dead" for up to 20 minutes have been used in transplant operations for the first time, with the resuscitated meat pumps replacing the need to keep organs alive throughout the operations. Read More >>

“Supercooling” Technique Keeps Transplant Organs Body-Fresh for Longer

A new method that infuses organs with nutrients then freezes them can extend the period in which they can survive outside of the body, potentially revolutionising the time-critical process of transplanting spare parts from one person to another. Read More >>

Burned Teen Grows New Face Parts on Her Chest (Warning: Graphic)

Holy crap. A 17 year old girl in China's Fujian Province has just received a new face from skin that was grown on her very own chest. Oh, the marvels of modern medicine. Advanced warning that while this story is ultimately uplifting, the images below are pretty gross. Read More >>