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Posted: Feb 28, 2011
Updated: Feb 28, 2011
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Your nose. Your ear. Your arm. Your leg. Name any body part, and there’s a virtual price tag on it.
Some specialty companies process bodies donated to science. They distribute non-transplantable tissues and organs to research facilities, who may use them legally for anything from teaching to biological research. Eventually, the parts will wind up cremated.
Rudy Thomas, who runs the Arizona State Funeral Board, said it’s a lucrative business. He added that federal law prohibits the sale of body parts, so donor companies charge a “service fee” instead.
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