Finding a kidney on Facebook

April 24, 2010 

Hi there,

It's hardly the most significant of this week's stories, but I found the news that the mayor of a small  Connecticut town had donated a kidney to one of her constituents worthy of a TV drama. The most fascinating feature was that the recipient was one of her Facebook friends.

Facebook and other social networking tools are clearly transforming the way we interact. How will it affect bioethics? We've already featured news about psychiatrists who researched their patients on Facebook, raising serious issues of privacy and confidentiality. Expect to read even more convoluted stories in the years ahead.


Michael Cook


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