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Where the lungs are as high as an elephant's eye... Posted on 08/12/2001.

My new favorite phrase is "harvesting organs." It's getting an awful lot of play recently. Bush's statements on stem cell research are the most prominent, followed by the debate around human cloning. It gets treated in engaging depth in this week's New Yorker article "As Good As Dead", a lengthy feature on the slippery definition of 'brain death,' and the development of this definition in order to, well, harvest organs from otherwise "live" bodies. Written by Gary Greenberg, perhaps most noted for his epistolary relationship to the Unabomber.

Anyway, whenever I hear the phrase "harvesting organs," I picture farmers in fields, plucking livers, pancreases, etc.

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is pancreases the plural of pancreas? for whatever reason, i always thought we had a pancrea here, a pancrea there and collectively, they were known as "our pancreas". perhaps the plural should be pancreas'? dunno. i'd much rather focus on the intricacies of the "f word".

this is why i keep reading your site peter! keep up the good work ;)

Posted by evan @ 08/13/2001 10:52 AM PST [link to this comment]

"pancreas" refers to one organ. The plural, especially when referring to "harvesting organs," would be "pancreata."
Posted by erik t @ 02/11/2002 03:01 PM PST [link to this comment]

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