A technology to keep organs alive outside the body is saving lives. And provoking ethical debates

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A prominent researcher in the field of regenerative medicine was cleared on Friday of charges of scientific misconduct by the Karolinska Institute, the Swedish medical university where he had done much of his pioneering work

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Peter Ubel: “(T)he transplant system in the US suffers from terrible geographic disparities. People needing liver transplants in Northern California wait more than six years on average for an organ to become available, versus only three months in places like Memphis Tennessee.”

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The need to mend broken hearts has never been greater. But what if we could simply manufacture a new one? Alex O’Brien studies the legacy of Texan surgeons and artificial hearts

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Bioethicist Art Caplan said Stokes’s case was a difficult one to begin with, but Tuesday’s events don’t change anything. “The bottom line is I don’t really think today’s sad events mean two years ago we shouldn’t have given him a chance,” Caplan said. “We didn’t know what would happen to him.”

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Op-Ed by our Travis Rieder, PhD. “Perhaps it would be better to stop devoting so much attention and so many resources to satisfying the desire for a genetic relationship, and instead to look for other opportunities to help prospective parents form a family”

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Organ Donors Behind Bars

April 26, 2013

NY Times Room For Debate, Featuring Ruth Faden. With nearly 118,000 people in the U.S. waiting for hearts, kidneys, livers and other life-saving transplants, why not let inmates become donors?

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Continuing paradoxes are created by current US health care policies for undocumented immigrants.

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