Spares – TV Kidney Competition

Organs are in the news.  And fact, it seems, is hard on the heels of fiction.

A television channel in the Netherlands will soon broadcast a programme where a terminally ill woman will pick someone to receive her kidneys.

Many suggest that reality tv has gone too far.  Even politicians have said The Big Donor Show should not be broadcast.  But the BNN network has stood firm.  They insist it is a ‘good way to highlight a shortage of organ donors’.

In Spares, Michael Marshall-Smith’s science fiction novel, special farms are set up where bodies are raised to allow for dedicated replacement organs, but only for those who can afford them.

Is this really the best way to highlight biomedical issues?

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    May 29, 2007

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