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to issue an Expression of Concern for the published article.
Concerns have been raised that the study described in the article did not adhere to
ethical guidelines as outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki and the Declaration
of Istanbul and guidance from the World Health Organization and the World Medical
Association regarding the source of transplanted human organs. Specifically, the British
Medical Journal Open (BMJ Open) published an article highlighting many papers in which
there is concern that transplanted organs were harvested from executed prisoners in
In response to these concerns we contacted the authors to clarify the source of the
transplanted organs received by the patients described in their study. However, despite
multiple attempts to contact the authors and their institutions, no response was received.
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