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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Artificially Grown Organs  
  Human organs suitable for transplantation, grown outside the body.  

In the novel, a space colony far distant from Earth has developed a political structure that is intertwined with the need to procure transplant organs from condemned prisoners.

"We need to discuss three types of medical care," said Millard Parlette. "Organ transplants, the ramrobot gifts, and minor medical treatment. You already have some access to standard drugs at the medcheck stations. We can expand those. I'm sure we can offer free access to the heartbeasts and liverbeasts and so forth. For a while your colonists will have to come up to the Hospital to get treatment with the ramrobot symbiots, but eventually we can build culture tanks in Gamma and Delta and Eta."
From A Gift From Earth, by Larry Niven.
Published by Del Rey in 1968
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