Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:31 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Human corpses are prize in global drive for profits
On Feb. 24, Ukrainian authorities made an alarming discovery: bones and other human tissues crammed into coolers in a grimy white minibus.
Investigators grew even more intrigued when they found, amid the body parts, envelopes stuffed with cash and autopsy results written in English.
What the security service had disrupted was not the work of a serial killer but part of an international pipeline of ingredients for medical and dental products that are routinely implanted into people around the world.
In the U.S. alone, the biggest market and the biggest supplier, an estimated two million products derived from human tissue are sold each year, a figure that has doubled over the past decade.
It is an industry that promotes treatments and products that literally allow the blind to see (through cornea transplants) and the lame to walk (by recycling tendons and ligaments for use in knee repairs). It's also an industry fueled by powerful appetites for bottom-line profits and fresh human bodies.
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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:43 PM
RedRocco (412 posts)
2. call me paranoid
but this is why I never check the organ donor box on my ID. I am uninsured and poor, the value of my recycled parts is greater than my value to society.....