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Kidney Matchmaking

A new method of matching patients and donors could make transplants possible for thousands more

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6:55pm, August 28, 2007

People are born with two kidneys but need only one to survive. That can be a blessing for those with two failed kidneys, because sometimes they can receive a donated kidney from a family member. But the good fortune can turn bitter: a third of the time, the donor and the recipient aren't a compatible match.

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