What happens if you need a kidney transplant and don’t know a biological match? A Nobel prize-winning economist has a solution: transplant chains. Donors agree to give to a stranger in exchange for a kidney for their loved one, but it has to start with someone willing to give without getting anything in return

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It’s often portrayed as a story of exploitation. Henrietta Lacks, a poor, young African-American woman, learned she had terminal cancer. Cells collected from a biopsy of her cancer were cultured without her knowledge or permission to develop a cell line, called HeLa. Over the ensuing decades, research using HeLa cells led to scores of medical advances, saving lives — and making a lot of money for a lot of people, though not for Ms. Lacks’s family

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The complicated debate over paying for body parts is just one of the societal dilemmas Hopkins scholars are tackling, thanks to philanthropically supported Exploration of Practical Ethics grants

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That thorny question is one of nine that Hopkins faculty are examining with Exploration of Practical Ethics grants administered by the Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Watch now (video). Diverse and innovative projects led by investigators from across the Johns Hopkins University explore contemporary ethical issues, from climate change to social justice.

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Mario Macis answers our questions about the behavioral and neuroscientific experimental study, at the intersection of ethics, economics and neuroscience, he is undertaking with Vikram Chib, and Jeffrey Kahn

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The Man Who Gave Himself Away

September 13, 2016

How discovering an equation for altruism cost George Price everything. By Michael Regnier via Mosaic

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In the U.S., an average of 21 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, and the wait times can range from four months for a heart to five years for a kidney, dependent on the how sick the patient is, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) and the Gift of Life Donor Program

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