The shortage of organs for transplantation is a thorny problem. Nearly 118,000 people in the U.S. are on waiting lists for transplants of kidneys, hearts, livers, and other organs; an estimated 8,000 of them will not live to receive a transplant.

The desperate situation has spurred various searches for solutions. Scientists are working on ways to preserve donated organs longer and are developing algorithms that factor in a patient’s proximity to a transplant center along with their health characteristics. Others have suggested ways to increase the organ supply, maybe through financial compensation for donors, or via relaxed standards for donated organs.

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    As a result of this new legislation being introduced in England next year I have, along with most members of my family have opted out completely, where as before most of us were happily opted in. We have taken this stance as a demonstration against the British Governments attitude that seems to give us the impression that the state owns our bodies when in fact they don’t.

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