Why was everyone so excited about Carrel's chicken heart?
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People weren't as excited about Carrel's vision of transplantation, as they were excited in their belief that he'd discovered the fountain of youth.
The prize had nothing to do with the chicken heart, but articles about his award conflated the immortal chicken-heart cells with his transplantation work, and suddenly it sounded like he'd found the fountain of youth.
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