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Monday, September 19, 2005
A Face Transplant? Imagine: "Your face will be removed and replaced with one donated from a cadaver." That phrase is from a story about a daring procedure being investigated by Cleveland Clinic surgeon Maria Siemionow (left). It could improve the lives of people horribly disfigured by burns, accidents or other tragedies. "Today's best treatments still leave many of them with freakish, scar-tissue masks that don't look or move like natural skin," the story says. More. Less creepy is the idea of building new organs from a patient's own tissues, avoiding donors and tissues matches. A King of Prussia company named Tengion Inc. is pioneering this possibility. Read Linda Lloyd's story.