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Moral revulsion at the idea of face transplants is misplaced. The science is important

There she is across that proverbial crowded room. And she’s looking at you. Is she attractive? Is she attracted? You haven’t had a date in months. Should you take a chance and approach her?

Your brain is specially equipped to make this sort of decision. In its most primitive part – the limbic system – there is an area that is dedicated to reading facial expressions. Scientists have discovered neurons that fire in particular ways when recognising features of faces so as to distinguish one face from another. They can also detect a person’s mood based on his or her…

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