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Thanks to $200 million, organ transplant lists might shorten

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Doctors performing an organ transplant. (Global Panorama/Flickr)

The US just invested a whopping $200 million to help lower the waitlist for patients who need organ transplants. This is huge news for the more than 120,000 people currently on the list.

What does this mean?

The investment was announced at a White House summit concerning innovation in organ transplant technology.

80% of the 120,000 men and women on the waitlist need kidneys. Kidney failure alone costs Medicare $34 billion a year (AKA over 7% of Medicare's total budget), so getting these transplants could help the US health budget in general.

The money will mainly go toward tissue repair and manufacturing tech.

Who else is working to support organ transplant patients?

Facebook, Tinder, and Twitter are all developing software to increase donor registration and hope to have 1 million more sign-ups by the end of the year.

This marks a trend towards declaring organ registry on social media.

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Thanks to $200 million, organ transplant lists might shorten

Samantha Rhodes

Samantha is a senior at Georgetown studying English and studio art. She has written for USA TODAY College, The Hoya, DC Life Magazine, and Smithsonian, among others, and is the current co-editor-in-chief of Georgetown campus publication Venture Capitol, which covers entrepreneurship and startups in DC. When not reporting or shooting with her Nikon, she's surrounded by books on Greek mythology and neuroscience or listening to tech podcasts on her way to Bikram yoga.

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