"The FDA recalled more than 60,000 tissue-derived products between 1994 and mid-2007."
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"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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After an eight month international investigation, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
has published an extensive four-part exposé into the black market for cadavers and human tissue: Skin and Bone: The Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts (Via)
The ICIJ (Previously on Mefi)
was established by the Center for Public Integrity
) to serve as its international reporting arm. The CPI is a nonprofit investigative journalism organization.
* Consent: There have been repeated allegations in Ukraine that human tissue was removed from the dead without proper consent. Some of that tissue may have reached other countries, via Germany, and may now be implanted in hospital patients.
* Safety: Surgeons are not always required to tell patients they are receiving products made of human tissue, making it less likely a patient would associate subsequent infection with that product.
* Tracking: The U.S. is the world's biggest trader of products from human tissue, but authorities there don’t seem to know how much tissue is imported, where it comes from, or where it subsequently goes.
* About this Project
* Infographic: How Safe is Human Tissue?
* Part 1: Human Corpses are Prize in Global Drive for Profits
* Part 2: Body Brokers Leave Trail of Questions, Corruption
* Part 3: Traceability Elusive in Global Trade of Human Parts
* Part 4: Abusing the 'Gift' of Tissue Donation
* Key Questions About Human Tissue
* Japan has almost no regulations on human tissue
. Includes a link
to an Asahi Shimbun
investigation with further details.
* Video: Skin and Bone
* How We Did It: Analyzing the Data behind Skin and Bone
The investigation utilized software from Palantir to analyze networks and data on an impressively large scale: "We uploaded more than 1 million companies, individuals and events (such as imports, seizures and recalls) into Palantir to build out a network previously buried in data sets and documents. The result was a rich and dense dataset that made it easy to grab a comprehensive picture of any entity in just a few key strokes. It therefore becomes a powerful reporting tool, rather than merely a way to visualize networks."
* Methodology: Behind the Numbers
* Video: How ICIJ investigated human tissue trading networks
* Multimedia: Products made from human tissue