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Resource ID: #21739
Subject: Medical Reporting
Source: Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
Date: July 11-14, 2004



"The tissue banking trade has become a lucrative industry that operates with virtually no regulation or enforceable industry standards. Tissue banks approach families with heart-wrenching stories about how their donations will save lives. Grief-stricken family members who agree to donation for altruistic reasons are given little or no information about how bodies, or body parts, will be used. They also are typically not told that their loved ones will be parceled out and sold in parts to a mix of for-profit and nonprofit companies. When things go wrong, families are stunned to learn that they have almost no recourse."

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