In 1954, Dr. Joseph Murray took the healthy kidney from one identical twin and sutured it into the other. With that, a new frontier in medicine was ushered in. He later won the Nobel Prize for his work.

Dr. Joseph E. Murray, the Nobel laureate who conducted the world’s first successful organ transplant, died Monday at the Boston hospital where the pioneering surgery was performed. He was 93. He had suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at his Wellesley home Thanksgiving night. On Dec.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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