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(NEWSER) – A "maverick surgeon" claims to have successfully put one monkey's head on another monkey's body, bringing the doctor one step closer to the first human head transplant, New Scientist reports. Sergio Canavero announced his plans for a human head transplant as a treatment for paralysis last year.

Since then, he's been working with scientists in China and South Korea on mice, monkeys, and human cadavers. "It’s important that people stop thinking this is impossible," he says. According to Discovery, the head transplant surgery involves cooling both bodies to "a very low temperature" and cutting the neck and spinal cord with an "exceptionally sharp knife" before attaching the patient's head to the donor body. The patient would recover during a four-month drug-induced coma.

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