Two people have been arrested on charges of illegally selling parts of cadavers donated to UCLA-s Medical Center for scientific research. After this weekend-s revelations, surviving family members today announced a class action suit. Officials at UCLA insist they had no idea what was going on, but a self-proclaimed middle-man has countered that claim. He's told the Los Angeles Times he-s trafficked in more than 800 bodies in the past six years. The sale of human tissue has become a booming black market trade that involves mainstream companies and profits of $500 million a year. We hear more from Charles Ornstein, who has been covering the story for the LA Times, and Salon.com columnist Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
- Reporter's Notebook: Governor Schwarzenegger Becomes Muscle Magazine Editor
This weekend at the Arnold Fitness Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he-s taking a part-time job as executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines. Schwarzenegger's $250,000 annual salary will go to the Governor-s Council on Physical Fitness. Marty Kaplan, former White House speechwriter and Washington reporter, considers the appropriateness of the Governor's latest moonlighting venture.
UCLA Chancellor on sale of willed body parts
Body Bazaar: The Market for Human Tissue in the Biotechnology Age
Ornstein's article on sale of UCLA's cadavers
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
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