I found the Outliers item concerning the first hand transplant (Feb. 22, p. 96) to be interesting, particularly because the donor was a convicted murderer.
I agree that no character traits will be communicated to the recipient in the transplant procedure. However, I do wonder if thought was given to the consequences when the recipient has his fingerprints checked for any reason.
Even though the donor is deceased, all files and records are not necessarily up-to-date. Even if they are, I suspect some level of explanation will be mandatory.
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