U.S. Body Brokers Export Limbs, Heads Widely

U.S. Body Brokers Export Limbs, Heads Widely
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America's trade balance would be worse if not for a secret commodity – human body parts. As Reuters reports in part nine of this continuing series, no other nation provides as steady a supply of torsos, knees and heads used by foreign plastic surgeons, medical device companies and others. Demand is especially high in countries where religious traditions or laws prohibit the dissection of the dead. Unlike many developed nations, the United States largely does not regulate the sale of donated body parts, allowing entrepreneurs to expand exports rapidly during the last decade.

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