Skin and Bone

Products made from human tissue

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.

Skin and Bone

Source: Corporate literature

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Inside Skin and Bone
Body Brokers Leave Trail of Questions, Corruption
July 17, 2012 — PART TWO: Police in Hungary, Ukraine and the U.S. allege that tissue suppliers stole tissue and committed fraud and forgery in the drive to supply the industry with flesh and bone.
Inside Skin and Bone
Traceability Elusive in Global Trade of Human Parts
July 18, 2012 — PART THREE: Poor accountability and inadequate safeguards prompt concerns among medical experts that products made from tissues taken from the dead could spread disease to the living.
Inside Skin and Bone
Abusing the ‘Gift’ of Tissue Donation
PART FOUR: In the brave new world of tissue harvesting, the dead’s bones, skin, tendons and heart valves can be cut out and used to create medical devices that can be sold for profit around the world.