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Two weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported on organ sales. Last year, about 4,400 patients died waiting for a kidney transplant. Demand for kidneys far exceeds supply, and there is currently a federal ban on the selling of organs. It's a heavily debated issue in the medical community, and doctors struggle to balance ethical concerns with practical solutions to a growing problem. On the one hand, organ sales would increase the supply of kidneys and save lives. On the other hand, it runs the risk of encouraging a black market that could exploit poor individuals. Check out this story in The Wall Street Journal. And in the meantime, tell us: are you willing to give up your kidney for compensation? And if you're waiting for a kidney, or if you've had a transplant, do you think the ban on organ sales should be lifted?