Skin and bone

From the Archives: How body brokers profited from stolen human tissue
Razzan Nakhlawi · February 15, 2019

Our Skin and Bone investigation revealed the lengths Michael Mastromarino, a human tissue trafficking ring leader, took to steal body parts without detection.

How our investigation produced results
ICIJ · March 12, 2013

There were several important developments linked to our exposure of the international trade in human tissue. Our investigative reporting was conducted across 11…

FDA Warns Against Tainted Human Body Parts
Kate Willson and Thomas Maier · January 4, 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration threatens recall after bacteria and contaminants were found in human tissue products made by a top supplier to hospitals in the U.S. and around the world.

Traceability Elusive in Global Trade of Human Parts
Kate Willson and Mar Cabra · 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.

Body Brokers Leave Trail of Questions, Corruption
Kate Willson, Vlad Lavrov, Martina Keller and 1 more · 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.

GRAPHIC: Products made from human tissue
Ajani Winston · July 16, 2012

The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants is a little-known yet lucrative trade. But its practices have roused concerns about…

Video: Skin and Bone
Kimberley Porteous · July 16, 2012

The business of recycling dead humans into medical implants is a little-known yet lucrative trade. But its practices have roused concerns about…

Key Questions About Human Tissue
Kate Willson · July 13, 2012

What if I want to donate organs but not tissue? Am I saving lives if I donate my tissue? Should I be concerned about safety if I receive a product manufactured from human tissue?

Recycling Corpses is Big Business
ICIJ · July 13, 2012

The U.S. is the world’s biggest trader of products from human tissue. ICIJ’s eight-month, 11-country investigation probes how the industry sources the corpses it requires for its merchandise.