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John Hopkins Implements Novel Organ Donation Program

Organ donations and, specifically, kidney donations are usually done on a carefully matched one-to-one donor-to-patient basis. Now, The Washington Post reports that John Hopkins University has come up with a new chain-based organ donation system where “kidney transplants are being arranged not through isolated pairings of patient and donor, but through longer and longer chains of individuals who don’t even know one another.” Through the new program, one patient may bring a family or friend who is willing to donate a kidney but who is not a match for that specific patient; they may still donate their kidney and a viable match is found through “complicated computer algorithms.” That match may also bring a donor to the table who can help another person in need.

Read it in The Washington Post.