The first human head transplant could happen in two years, according to Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy.

Canavero is presenting his proposal for the surgery at the annual conference of the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons in Annapolis, Maryland today. He hopes to use brain-dead organ donors and already has a volunteer "head" -- 30-year-old Russian man Valery Spiridonov, born with a muscle wasting disease -- but will obviously have to deal with some very large hurdles before gaining clearance to do so.

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