China's Health Ministry said it is starting the government's first nationwide organ donation system in an attempt to move away from the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners. The program, which will be operated jointly with the Red Cross Society of China, will have a database in which people can stipulate that their organs be donated after death, according to the China Daily. In a rare acknowledgment of a practice that has until recently been shrouded in secrecy, the state-run newspaper said 65 percent of organ donors were executed prisoners. Huang Jiefu, vice minister of health, was quoted as saying that prisoners "are definitely not a proper source for organ transplant." (LA Times)

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