Skin and Bone

Corpses are Prized for Profits

OVERVIEW: The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants has flourished. But its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and risks.
Realities and risks kept quiet

Video: Skin and Bone

The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants is a little-known yet lucrative trade. But its practices have roused concerns about how tissues are obtained and how well grieving families and transplant patients are informed about the realities and the risks.
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Pentagon, Congress Probe Tissue Contracts

The Pentagon announces a new program to better oversee human cadaver tissue used in Defense Department hospitals, as Congressional investigators look into contracts with RTI Biologics, a Florida-based manufacturer of medical implants made from human bones, skin, ligaments and other tissues, following ICIJ's investigation.
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Methodology: Behind the Numbers

human skin used on a burns patient
ICIJ used four databases provided by the Food and Drug Administration in its analysis of the tissue banking industry. Those databases include the Human Cell and Tissue Establishment Registration, the Operational and Administrative System for Import Support (OASIS), and data sets on tissue bank inspections and deviations. We also analyzed membership of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
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