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[Editorial] Organ donor research: towards a more effective system

The NHS Blood and Transplant Service has recently told the BBC that over the past 5 years more than 500 families in the UK have blocked organ donation from a deceased relative, despite them being on the organ donor register. In the USA, more than 117 000 people await an organ transplant, says a report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on the Opportunities for Organ Donor Intervention Research, published on Oct 10. The Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation reports that despite there being over 126 000 organ transplants each year across more than 100 countries, many patients remain on waiting lists.