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Bioethics in Organ and Tissue Transplantation: A Matter of Life and Death

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In the context of medical sciences, the human being has devised multiple techniques involving various therapeutic procedures to improve his health and combat the diseases that afflict him. One of these procedures is organ, tissue and cell transplantation, whereby a damaged organ is replaced by a healthy one. 
Organ, tissue and cell transplantation in Venezuela—for instance—has been one of the most relevant issues in the last four decades. However, it remains strictly taboo among Venezuelans generally due to ignorance or religious standpoints.  Despite this, for part of the population, donating an organ represents the prolongation of life and, for another, it is an act of giving whose origin is the deep awareness of the pain of others. Still, the absence of a culture of organ donation may give rise to other problems. 

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Readers as main figures in the book ecosystem

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The world of books is living a silent revolution, and the main figures of such revolution are readers. In the traditional book ecosystem, they were valued as distant, blurry subjects… Today, due essentially to the Internet and social media, readers have gained importance and imposed themselves on authors and, even, on texts.

The printed book has required more than 500 years to consolidate its power and, in turn, to contemplate its crisis. This crisis should not be understood as decadence (the end of books), but as an opportunity to look at its renewal. This can be done from a dynamic perspective that sees new cultural products—the electronic book, to name one—as reinventions of others because it joins together new communication systems that allow their resurrection and adaptation to a different historical environment.

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