Narrator: This is Science Today. New changes in regulations aimed at directing live-saving organs to the nation's sickest patients were recently announced. The changes make clear that donated organs should not be wasted by shipping them coast-to-coast or transplanting them into dying patients. Dr. John Roberts, chief of transplant services at the University of California, San Francisco says for several years organ allocation has sparked lots of debate.
Roberts: One of the major issues now is that there's differences in waiting time around the country for those patients waiting for the transplantation and literally the differences can go from the liver transplantation patient may wait weeks to months in Florida and here in this area of California, they may wait three years.
Narrator: The question is, is that just?
Roberts: The folks in Florida say we're using them in less sick patients - therefore we're sort of gaining utilitarian justice and people would argue, well, it's not fair. So you have this conflict between these different views of justice.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.