UCLA Sells Body Parts Donated for Medical Research

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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.
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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

Flex Magazine

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