A former oral surgeon and his pals were stealing organs from cadavers without consent and selling them for transplant. This is another argument in favor of tissue engineering research — the market really wants more transplant tissue.
Prosecutors said the defendants took organs from people who had not given consent or were too old or too sick to donate. The defendants forged consent forms and altered the death certificates to indicate the victims had been younger and healthier, authorities said.
Prosecutors said the body parts were sold to
tissue suppliers and ultimately used in disk replacements, knee
operations, dental implants and a variety of other surgical procedures
performed by unsuspecting doctors across the United States and in