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Is It Ethical to Purchase Human Organs?

June 29, 2016

(The Guardian) – Organ transplantation saves lives. People with end-stage kidney disease who receive a transplant tend to live much longer than those who undergo dialysis. A kidney from a living donor will last from 12 to 20 years, on average, compared to eight to 12 years for a kidney from a deceased donor. But there is a shortage of organs. In the United States, the waitlist for kidneys alone is around 100,000. Those waiting for kidneys make up most of the 120,000 people awaiting organ donation. The need for kidneys has led some to ask: would purchasing organs be a solution?

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