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Future of Tissue Business In Question

photo: Kate Willson, International Concortium of Investigative Journalists

The affair surrounding the exporting of human bones, muscle and other tissue from Slovakia to Germany to be processed into medical products raises ethical questions and points to a huge deficiency in legislation in this area, not only in Slovakia, but internationally. Over the past several months TheDaily.SK has been investigating the case as the regional partner [...]

Slovak Business with Corpses Exposed

Stitched back together (c)  a&o buero

Everyone a potential donor Few people realise that the bodies of our deceased loved ones are often being harvested to generate commercial profits by being transformed into costly medical devices. Worldwide millions of body parts are being taken, processed and eventually sold as medical or cosmetic products every year in the fast flourishing business of [...]

Human Tissue Tracing Totally Inadequate

Once out of its package, skin is fully defrosted in water and then stretched out once again with the help of a plastic plate so its application on the human body is easier. Queen Astrid Military Hospital in Brussels (Belgium). Photo: Mar Cabra/ICIJ

Here The Daily presents part four of the Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts project of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, examining how the system of tracing sources is inadequate to say the least. Traceability Elusive in Global Trade of Human Parts By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra The International Consortium of [...]

To Consent or Not: Stewards of the “Gift”

The Krivoy Rog morgue allegedly  took body parts without consent in 2007 and 2008. But morgue director Alexander Komolov died before a jury returned its verdict, closing the case. Photo: a&o buero

This, the third part in a series of reports entitled Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, looks at the vague issue of consent in some countries and what it means in reality. Consent is not required in Slovakia, as the system is Opt-out, meaning everyone [...]

Big Bucks in Body Brokering From Ukraine to USA

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In the second in a series of articles being published by TheDaily in co-operation with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists entitled Skin and Bone: the Shadowy Trade in Human Body Parts looking into the globes-panning shady world of trading with human bones, organs and skin, the spotlight is put on just how the business works, with [...]

About the Tissue Trade Project – ICIJ

Skin And Bone: The Shadowy Trade In Human Body Parts is an eight-month project by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a global network of reporters who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories that cross national boundaries ICIJ found the business of recycling dead humans has grown so large over the past decade that you can [...]

Dead Bodies Being Harvested for Profit

photo: Kate Willson, International Concortium of Investigative Journalists

The sinister world of organ trading is a fast growing multi-million dollar business, with the bones and so-called tissues of the deceased, many from Slovakia, being distributed all over the world and generating profit for everyone along the chain. Following an eight month investigation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), involving reporters across [...]

Slovak Company Involved in Human Tissue Case

No morgue is sacred (c) P.J.L Laurens

Recent investigations suggest that there may be an obscure link that connects a Slovak company to others abroad, all engaged in a specific and delicate pharmaceutical niche: the extraction and processing of human tissues and organs. The two companies under the spotlight are the Tissue Research Institute (TRI) that operates in Slovakia theorically engaged in [...]

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