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Zion Harvey, now 10 years old, made medical history when he was given new hands through a double-hand transplant two years ago. As the youngest patient to ever have the procedure, doctors told the BBC that they are amazed by Zion's recovery and believe the knowledge gained from his success will allow other young children to benefit.

Medical tests, as described in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, show that his brain now recognizes the transplanted hands as his own, enabling Zion to write, feed, and dress himself, as well as grip a baseball bat.

The key finding: The discovery reveals that the brain is still able to communicate with new body parts, despite their absence "during a developmental period of rich fine motor development between the ages of two and eight years," Lead Surgeon Dr. Scott Levin said last year, as cited by the BBC.

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Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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