Transplanting The Organ Transplant Biz

A U.S. hospital's venture in Sicily may be just the start

Every year, hundreds of gravely ill southern Italians pack their bags and travel north to modern organ-transplant facilities in Milan or Bologna. Some even venture to Paris or Geneva. These costly excursions are known in Italy as "voyages of hope." But to Dr. Ignazio Marino, an Italian liver-transplant surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, they spell a different kind of hope--as in "market opportunity."

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