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And give doctors a better ability to sort of track. The movement of the Oregon in transit. So they would know exactly where it is at all times. And that matters for a couple of reasons, I it because those organs lose viability the longer it takes to get to recipient, but another part here is that the organ donor system is currently undergoing some big changes that are likely going to make longer distance transplants more common. This is something I read about it fivethirtyeight a couple of weeks ago. These new rules for liver donations took effect this week, and they are aiming to be distribute. Organs from parts of the country that have more donor organs to parts that have fewer donor organs, and they're pretty controversial rules. So the state of Kansas is currently considering a Bill that would keep Kansas organs for cans, for instance, and kidneys are probably the next thing on the list. That's going to get these rule revisions after the liver ones have taken effect. So we could someday be looking at a future where somebody in New York City is getting a new organ from rural Pennsylvania delivered via drone. Wow. And I guess you you really have to have great confidence in a drones ability to do this. Not just you know, it's not a loaf of bread you delivering here. Right. I mean, obviously, there's a lot of testing to go before people are going to feel comfortable doing long distance trips with these things, but they were done using multiple pilots following this thing very closely. And as the researchers pointed out in some ways, it's a little bit better than sending it in a truck or a plane because you knew exactly where the thing is. It's it's a lot more easy to track it as it's moving. Could we could we have an organ donor war breakout between the states here? Oh, we could that is that whole bit is a whole issue in another it self where what you have is some parts of the country have higher rates of donor registration and some parts of the country have higher rates of donor need, and those do not necessarily match up real well Nagy Kurth Baker senior science reporter, fivethirtyeight, always a pleasure to have you. Thanks for joining us. Thank you for having made. Now, it's time to check in..

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