Xenotransplantation Basics: No, it’s not a warrior princess

Close-up of pig eye

Imagine a world where we have farms of pigs and primates, purposely bred and used for human organs.  Or consider a scenario much like Nalo Hopkinson’s novel, Brown Girl In The Ring, where xenotransplantation is the norm, and human-to-human organ donation is seen as barbaric, even cannibalistic. Using animal organs and tissue in lieu of … Continue reading

Enter the Young: British teens become world’s youngest donors

Logo for Anthony Nolan

This is huge news. While the age to join the bone marrow registry is normally 18 in most countries, the Anthony Nolan registry in the UK made a historical shift at the beginning of October lowering the age to 16. British teenagers joining at this age will be the youngest registered donors in the world. … Continue reading

News Roundup #15: Conference buzz, cyborg organs, immunological breakthroughs

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Conference Fabulous! Here at TransplantInformers we’re all about sharing ways to re-think donor outreach and education. One of the best ways to do this is attending a conference. Not only is this a congregation of people united by their common interests, which can be very motivating, but it can jolt you out of old routines. … Continue reading

On the cutting edge: Pig hearts, pregnancy, and the frontiers of transplant immunology

Pig Heart surgery

We just participated in a wonderful little hour long live online chat at Science. Two experts were on hand to answer questions on the science of organ transplantation. The discussion centered a lot around xenotransplantation and immune responses to transplantation, as these were the main areas of research for the experts involved. While the answers … Continue reading

Docking the undocumented: (im)migrant transplants and treatment

May Day Immigration March in Los Angeles

Once again, the news dispenses a bevy of stories about undocumented immigrants facing bleak circumstances in their fight for transplantation and treatment. In a cross-post with Access Denied, I’ve discussed at length questions of equitable organ allocation and the added challenges undocumented immigrants like Jesus Navarro face in financing a transplant and post-operative treatment. That … Continue reading

News Roundup #14: From UNOS to Obesity, NYT to Jewish donors, and bringing you the toothsomest

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Random Reports and Reportage New articles from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) update are now online.  Articles include a  guide to paired donation and a primer on “a new quality metric with every deceased donor kidney offer. The ‘kidney donor profile index (KDPI)”  provides clinicians with insights into the quality of a kidney compared … Continue reading

Conceptions of Reciprocity: The Navarro transplant case, organ allocation and undocumented immigrants

(Source: Access Denied)

The following piece was prepared for the blog AccessDenied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health and is cross-posted here with permission. Organ donors give the gift of life, but the sheer volume of patients hoping for transplants far outstrips donor generosity. How should we make decisions to ensure the equitable distribution of a limited … Continue reading

News Roundup #13: Facebook boosting organ donors, Kidney in a third body, UK’s first trafficking case,

Social media and organ donation

It seems this roundup is lucky number 13, with the a groundbreaking, cusp-of-viral, organ donation initiative from Facebook, unprecedented kidney re-transplantation, and a whole slew of other newsy goodness. Organ donor: Like? 100 million new organ donors in the next four days? Entirely possible, claims Dr. Andrew Cameron, the physician who helped usher organ donor … Continue reading

Obscura Day alert: Biomedical curiosities galore!

Dr. Richard Barnett totally rocks on tour

I am a huge fan of medical museums and scientific entertainment. Some of you may have gathered this from coverage on the Heart of Cape Town Transplant Museum. One of our recent news roundups featured a talk about the unexpected history of blood transfusion. And lord knows it’s newsworthy when art and tissue donation intersect. … Continue reading

News Roundup #12: Living donor safety, Portland piñata, transplant tobacco test, Donate Life Month

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We’ve reached a dozen news roundups! Living donors need protection This report from CNN actually fairly evenhandedly reports about a recent living organ donor death. The articles sidebar actually shows positive success rates for transplantation, and points out that death from living organ donation is an exception, not a rule. However, it also points out … Continue reading

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