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Human organ trafficking is subject of distinguished anthropologist lecture

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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ARLINGTON - A medical anthropologist from the University of California at Berkeley who co-founded an organization that documents allegations of sale and theft of human body parts, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, will deliver The University of Texas at Arlington Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture for 2010.

Cohen will discuss "The Kidney Comes to India: What Transplant Scandals Teach Us about India and the United States" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the School of Architecture Auditorium, 601 W. Nedderman Drive.

Organ trafficking has been denounced by all international medical and human rights groups. Still, with the United Network for Organ Sharing reporting in early March a waiting list of 106,414 in the United States alone, there is an increasing unregulated market. In India, a kidney can bring $1,000 to its donor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The annual event was established by Drs. Ben and Trudy Termini, who established medical practices in Arlington in 1975 and retired in 2003. The doctors had helped bring top lecturers to campus for several years and, to ensure the series would continue, they endowed the lectureship with a gift of $80,000 in 2005.

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