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Using dead people for artificial organ studies


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In the USA 113,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list as of July 2019.

U.S. government has yet to develop a policy on using dead people for artificial organ research.

Replacing a rat’s aorta requires roughly between 200 and 250 million cells.

Best candidates are the organ donors, who were not eligible for donation because of the damage at death.

Researchers have to discuss with families burial and body appearance after an experiment.

Research will become more common as we get better at tissue engineering.

Research team generalized their findings in an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics

Bioethicists developed guidelines for dead candidates selection, communication with their families

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John Geibel

Vice Chairman Dept. of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine

Journal of Medical Ethics

The #1 ranked international #bioethics journal by Google Scholar Metrics.

New York University (NYU)

One of the world’s foremost research universities

Stephen Latham

Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University, where he teaches bioethics-related courses to undergraduates and law students.

United Therapeutics

United Therapeutics Corporation is a biotechnology company

Yale University

Private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut