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Crossing a Frontier: Research on the Dead

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Science  03 Jan 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5603, pp. 29-30
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5603.29a

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and its hospital, well known for their work in the organ transplant field, have approved two studies and are considering a third on individuals who have been declared brain dead but whose cardiopulmonary systems continue to function, thanks to life-support equipment. Pitt has established a special ethics committee to oversee such research.