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Austin sends bodies to Tucson tissue bank

Austin American-Statesman (Internet / Print) 06/29/06http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/06/29bodies.html Some newspaper articles have portrayed a virtually unregulated industry in which private companies make big profits using body parts supplied by tissue banks. A now-closed New Jersey tissue bank is accused of stealing body parts that were later implanted, several of them in Austin patients. The University of Texas Medical Branch closed its willed body program three years ago after learning that ashes from different bodies had been commingled. A supervisor was fired and placed under investigation, accused of selling body parts. LifeLegacy has not been involved in any scandals, and little has been written about the organization. In December, it became the first nonprofit research-centered tissue bank to win accreditation from the American Association of Tissue Banks, meaning it voluntarily underwent a months-long review and inspection, tissue bank association CEO Bob Rigney said.



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