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
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
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