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Surgeon’s machine ‘prints’ new kidney live on TED Conference stage

LONG BEACH, California – A surgeon specializing in regenerative medicine on Thursday “printed” a real kidney using a machine that eliminates the need for donors when it comes to organ transplants. “It’s like baking a cake,” Anthony Atala of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine said as he cooked…

China proposes death penalty for organ traffickers

SHANGHAI – Organ traffickers in China could face the death penalty under a draft law being reviewed by the country’s top legislature, state media reported Thursday. Those convicted of “forced organ removal, forced organ donation or organ removal from juveniles” could face the same punishment as for homicide, which ranges…

NY lawmaker wants state to ‘presume’ it may harvest organs

A New York assemblyman whose daughter is alive because of two kidney transplants wants his state to become the first in the nation to pass laws that would presume people want to donate their organs unless they specifically say otherwise. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky believes the “presumed consent” measures would help…

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