The organ trade tweet-bate highlights: Iran, penises, prostitutes

The Economist, a respected global economics publication, held their second Twitter debate entitled 'Should the trading of human organs be allowed?' on July 6 at 3pm UK time. 


It isn't exactly clear if the tweet-bate worked.

Designed to be an hour where #WDYS followers and those with an opinion for or against legalizing the organ trade, turned into lots of retweets (RT) repeating the same facts, a series of random comments and unanswered questions.

 - "The organ trade debate of @theeconomist was interesting after all, even though it seems difficult to get a 'real conversation'." - RolandLegrand

 - "Please slow down with your tweets - they are drowning out the rest of my feed." - paul_mclaughlin

  - "It's too complicated issue within 15 mins. Combined with 'Ethic, Policy, Some even religious fuuuuuuuuuuu." - Lamnataliekim

 - "Want to see how unobjective, economistic individual market liberalism persists today around complicated ethical issues? Click this tag #wdys"  - Knowgreen

The Economist laid out a number of points for and against legalizing the organ trade on their Facebook page for the event on July 1 along with suggested reading. During the tweet-bate they moderated and offered organ trade facts and stats:

 - "In the US over 100,000 people are waiting for kidneys and other organs; around 10,000 die each year before getting a transplant."
 - "Suggestion reason for: There is a desperate organ shortage. Around 1,000 people die in Britain alone each year waiting for transplants"
 - "In 1988 Iran made it legal to sell kidneys. In 3 years, Iran no longer had a kidney transplant waiting list." (100+ RT)
 - "The US with an opt-in system has deceased organ donor rate of 27 per 1m population; Greece with opt-out has just 6."
 - "Israel now allows donors to be paid fixed compensation of around US$5-6,000 for loss of earnings during recuperation after surgery."
 - "Within 5 years, the first commercial 3D 'bio' printer in US hopes to be producing blood vessels for by-pass surgery"
 - "Interestingly around 40 types of organs can now be transplanted, including faces and penises." (61 RT)

The discussion was invited to continue on Facebook:

Also, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in London is holding a consultation and would like to know "your views on how we should respond to the current demand for organs, sperm, eggs and other human material for use in medical treatment and research" by July 13. To lend your opinion, go to:

To see all the tweets from the tweet-bate that included more on Iran, the black market, altruism, prostitutes and surrogates, follow: #wdys on twitter and if you are not current on the organ trade/donor situation worldwide take a look at these articles:

Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays
tvJudi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations
Arts and Entertainment
Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Metz - 23 May 2012
Is this how Mario Balotelli will cruise into Liverpool?
Ronahi Serhat, a PKK fighter, in the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan
Arts and Entertainment
Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow in a scene from 'Love Is Strange'
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    UNIX Application Support Analyst- Support, UNIX, London

    £45000 - £55000 per annum: Harrington Starr: UNIX Application Support Analyst-...

    Senior Application Support -Fidessa, Charles River, Oracle, FIX

    £50000 - £65000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Senior Application Support - Fide...

    Product Specialist - (Application Support, UNIX, SQL)

    £45000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Product Specialist - (Application...

    Technical Specialist - (Application Support, UNIX, SQL)

    £50000 - £60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Technical Specialist - (Applicati...

    Day In a Page

    Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
    Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

    Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

    Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
    Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
    Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

    Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

    Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
    eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

    eBay's enduring appeal

    The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

    'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
    Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

    Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

    Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
    Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

    Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

    After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
    Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

    Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

    After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
    Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

    Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

    Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
    7 best quadcopters and drones

    Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

    From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

    The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

    British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
    Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

    A descent into madness in America's heartlands

    David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
    BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

    BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

    Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home