Chinese Doctor Performs Head Transplants on Mice; Monkey Tests Expected Soon

A Chinese doctor from Harbin Medical University has had success performing head transplant surgeries on mice. He hopes his research will eventually make the procedure a viable option for human patients.

Dr. Xiaoping Ren completed his first successful head transplant on a mouse in July 2013. The surgery took 10 hours.

Since then, Dr. Ren and his team have done operations on nearly 1,000 more mice, testing various ways to help them survive longer than their record so far of one day after surgery, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. His research has received government and university grants totaling roughly $1.6 million, The Journal reported.