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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Bad to the Bone

The University of California is looking at ways to defeat organleggers:

Shaken by scandals involving the black-market sale of body parts, University of California officials are considering inserting supermarket-style barcodes or radio frequency devices in cadavers to keep track of them.
I suppose the cold, dead "invisible hand" of Adam Smith might point out that where there's demand a supply will likely be found.

By the way, as far I know, science fiction author Larry Niven was the first to think out this sort of thing in his short stories The Jigsaw Man (1967), and The Organleggers (1969).

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