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Update on September 20, 2012

Last year, 2,700 of the 15,000 kidneys recovered from deceased donors wound up in a research laboratories or medical waste incinerators. Meanwhile, that same year 4,720 people died in the United States while waiting for kidney transplants.Check out a recent New York Times graphic ( revealing the flawed nature of the current organ donation system, resulting in many missed opportunities to save Americans' lives.

Would financial compensation for donors make the system more efficient? What do your friends think? Invite them ( to weigh in on this issue, too.

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