Whose Body Is It?

01_The ThinkerBuying and selling organs is still illegal in this country, but did you know that selling human tissue and bone is 100% legal? I had no idea until I read this story about Philip Guyett, a North Carolina tissue broker who acquired body parts from not-so-reputable funeral homes, then falsified documents about the health of the tissue. Diseased, cancerous and drug-addled body parts were transplanted into patients before this guy was thrown in jail. Tissues are usually acquired from hospitals, but even brokering body parts this way -- not just for transplants, but for biomedical research, too --  brings up a thorny ethical issues. If there is value to body parts and tissues that are regularly thrown away, then who owns leftover tissue and body parts? The patient? The hospital? {via the Economist}

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  • Rhonda Fleming

    I was at the sentencing of this butcher, Philip Guyett who ran Donor Referral Services from Raleigh NC, who was charged with “mail fraud” for mailing bodies through the mail, and NOT for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY! We suspect my murdered brother is one of the bodies he stole, and am begging for help!

    The DOJ, and the FDA have yet to notify the families, or ID the bodies, and we have been fighting for years to get answers! NOTHING has changed, these are wicked and evil crimes that MUST be exposed!

    Rhonda Fleming
    Cleveland, Ohio
    www.myspace.com/sinnderrella

    PLEASE sign the petition below to have an investigation by the DOJ & FDA into my brother’s murder! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/doj-fda-investigation


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