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Death investigations across the U.S. have been complicated or upended by the procurement of organs or tissues. At least one murder charge has been dropped.

How did the human tissue procurement industry gain power over coroners across the U.S.?  https://lat.ms/32cZNyu 

In 2006, procurement companies helped write the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, which made it difficult for coroners to stop the companies from harvesting body parts — even if they believed it would interfere with their ability to determine cause of death.  https://youtu.be/RWZpCwgvHAw 

The laws have worked to benefit the biotech companies selling products derived from human cadavers. Procured skin can be used for cosmetic procedures, ranging from penile augmentations to fixing breast implants.  https://lat.ms/32cZNyu 

The companies’ lobbyists have built alliances with the death investigators — sometimes by wining and dining medical examiners at private events.

Today, the harvesting of body parts has upended some death investigations. Possible homicides have been left unsolved and some families are left wondering how loved ones died.  https://lat.ms/32cZNyu 

This is the second part of a series by @MelodyPetersen and David Willman. Read Part One here:  https://lat.ms/328c1Iy 

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