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*** Report: Dead harvested for products

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Donated human remains are processed into medical products that generate hundreds of millions of dollars for U.S. companies despite laws barring profit from body parts, The Orange County Register reported Sunday. Although grieving families are told the donations are a gift of life, the newspaper found that material harvested from the dead fuels an industry that is expected to have $1 billion in revenues by 2003. ‘I thought I was donating to a nonprofit. I didn’t know I was lining someone’s pocket,’ said Sandra Shadwick, whose brother’s remains were given to a Los Angeles tissue bank. ‘It makes me angry. It makes me appalled. If it’s not illegal, it ought to be.’ The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 banned profits from the sale of tissue, but companies and nonprofit tissue banks are allowed to charge reasonable fees to handle and process the parts.

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