Just read this:[quote]
Four other men, including the company’s owner, former dentist Michael Mastromarino, were charged last year with removing bone and tissue from 1,077 bodies at funeral homes without the permission of families. All have pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors said Mastromarino made millions of dollars by selling body parts to biomedical companies that supply material for common procedures, including dental implants and hip replacements.
In October, seven funeral home directors linked to the scheme pleaded guilty in New York City to undisclosed charges and agreed to cooperate with investigators. They included the director of a funeral home that took parts from the body of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke, who died in 2004, defense attorneys say.
Biomedical Tissue Services operated its only satellite office in the Rochester suburb of Brighton and paid funeral homes a standard fee of around $1,000 to lawfully harvest body parts.[/quote]
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070518/ap_ … body_parts
If there were more competition that price would shoot up. And people in possession of better dead bodies might stand to make a , er…killing.
Not that these folks shouldn’t be reamed for skinning people without their loved ones approval.
It’s just flesh and bone. What’s the big deal?
Or is the inevitable black market so frightening that it puts people off of developing this fertile field of endeavor?