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In China, cultural views impede organ donation

Nation to end reliance on executed prisoners, but families often object to transplants from loved ones

BEIJING — China is phasing out its reliance on executed prisoners for donated organs, but an architect of the country’s transplant system said Friday that ingrained cultural attitudes are impeding the rise of donations among the general population.

Almost all donated organs in China used to come from executed prisoners. A growing proportion now come from ordinary people, but the government is seeking to eliminate prisoner donations altogether.

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