Transplantation of Axolotl Heads

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Science  25 Oct 1968:
Vol. 162, Issue 3852, pp. 460-461
DOI: 10.1126/science.162.3852.460


Favorable conditions for organ transplantation exist for some populations of European laboratory axolotls, making transplantations of heads possible. Survival of the transplants is prolonged because homograft reactivity of the host animals is absent. Heads transplanted to the backs of other axolotls grow rapidly and show many reactions characteristic of normal axolotl heads. The behavior of the transplants is independent of that of the host animals.

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