1. Headline
  1. Headline
updated 7/28/2010 4:07:24 PM ET 2010-07-28T20:07:24

UCLA is launching a hand transplant program and is seeking amputees to undergo the rare experimental procedure.

  1. More from TODAY.com
    1. Ex-Obama aide on Hillary Clinton using personal email: 'Highly unusual'

      Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email account to conduct work while she served as secretary of state is “hig...

    2. Hockey player's daughter asks team to trade for dad — and gets wish!
    3. Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry welcome their baby! And it's a ...
    4. Here’s another - yes - 'coffee is good for you' study
    5. Watch 16-year-old Molly Ringwald talk ‘Breakfast Club’

The program announced this week will involve clinical trials to study transplant techniques. It's only the fourth such program in the United States.

Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles say the program could help injured war veterans, among others.

Besides surgical techniques, the program will study the effectiveness and safety of drugs that patients must take to keep their bodies from rejecting their new hands.

French surgeons performed the first successful hand transplant in 1998. Nine have been performed in the U.S.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. TODAY

    video Robert Gibbs: Hillary using personal email ‘unusual’

    3/3/2015 12:22:32 PM +00:00 2015-03-03T12:22:32
  1. Twitter/KFAN

    Hockey player's daughter asks team to trade for dad — and gets wish!

    3/2/2015 11:34:21 PM +00:00 2015-03-02T23:34:21
  1. Rich Polk / Getty Images file

    Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry welcome their baby! And it's a ...

    3/3/2015 12:34:46 PM +00:00 2015-03-03T12:34:46
  1. FeaturPics stock

    Here’s another — yes — ‘coffee is good for you’ study

    3/3/2015 12:05:21 AM +00:00 2015-03-03T00:05:21
  1. TODAY

    video Watch 16-year-old Molly Ringwald talk ‘Breakfast Club’

    3/3/2015 12:20:20 PM +00:00 2015-03-03T12:20:20