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Legal Issues of the 3D printing of Organs

The main legal issues that I focused on are over the ownership of the artificially created organs as well as the implications that 3D printing has on the black market sale of organs. The main conclusions that I found were that there is a possibility that the data file of a person’s organ could have split ownership between the subject is came from and the doctors/scientists that transformed it into a data file. The other conclusion that I found pertained to the possible effect that it would have on the black market for organs. The unlimited replication potential will help cause the supply to increase of organs, which will lower the incentive for people to head to the black market in the first place to get an organ. Currently, people wait on donation lists- but some people decided that the black market sale and transplant is more worth their time. The increased supply of organs would alleviate some of demand on the black market because people will be less desperate, but there still remains an issue of getting the organ transplanted by a professional doctor.

Sources:

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-dark-side-of-3d-printing-10-things-to-watch/

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/hm-nlp020614.php

http://www.organovo.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/3dprintingorgans/legal-ethical-and-security-issues

https://www.skadden.com/insights/intellectual-property-issues-stacking-3-d-printing