The tissue trade thrives despite laws against profiting from the sale of human parts. Those earning a living in the field make no apologies. More than 175 companies and tissue banks nationwide operate in this fast-growing field, despite laws against profiting from the sale of body parts.
Date posted: 2001-12-31
The Feds and industry say our tissue supply is safe, but inspections are rare, and statistics on tissue-linked illnesses don't exist.
Date posted: 2001-12-28
Donated human bodies are replacing crash-test dummies and animals in sometimes-bizarre research projects that are largely hidden from the public, an Orange County Register investigation has found. Like their counterparts in the body-parts industry, researchers at universities and in private business avoid telling families how their loved ones are being used. They fear donations would drop.
Date posted: 2001-12-27
Burn victims lie waiting in hospitals as nurses scour the country for skin to cover their wounds, even though skin is in plentiful supply for plastic surgeons, an Orange County Register investigation found. The skin they need to save their lives is being used instead for procedures that could wait: supporting bladders, erasing laugh lines, etc. Donated bodies and tissue such as bones and veins are used in ways most people would never imagine, and profits are made with little oversight.
Date posted: 2001-12-26
Legal and ethical issues are raised by generating millions of dollars from donated bodies. Some families allege illegal body-part harvesting in the rush to increase supply, profits.
Date posted: 2001-12-25