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International group reiterates stance against human organ trafficking

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 07 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:514
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    The buying and selling of organs, especially kidneys, from living donors who are not related to the recipient is increasing, but the Transplantation Society, the only international organisation concerned with transplantation, last week reiterated its opposition to the practice.

    About 65 000 transplant operations are done each year worldwide, of which about 45 000 are kidney transplantations. Many, if not most, transplants are from living donors, says the society, which has 3000 members from about 70 countries.

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