Bioethics Bites: Tim Lewens on Selling Organs

Everyday people die in hospitals because there aren't enough organs available for transplant.  In most countries of the world - though not all - it is illegal to sell organs.  Governments insist that the motive for donating organs has to be altruistic, it can't be financial reward.  The idea of being able to sell body parts makes many people uneasy.   But is it time for a policy change: should we be permitted to flog one of our kidneys on ebay, say, for $10,000.  If not, why not?  Tim Lewens is a Cambridge philosopher and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.  Listen to the MP3 and others in the series.

Dr Tim Lewens is a Senior Lecturer in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Clare College. He is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and the author of various books and academic articles including Darwin (Routledge 2007), a philosophical study of Darwin and Darwinism. He has written and lectured extensively on evolution. He has been a Governor of Exeter School (nominated by the University of Cambridge) since 2007. In 2008, Lewens was one of eleven recipients of the University of Cambridge's Pilkington Prize for the quality of his teaching. 

 

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