July 18, 2012
Part two of a four-part series
An investigation by reporters from NPR and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — a network of reporters around the world — found that there's little scrutiny at key points in the tissue donation and transplant process.
But David Smith, president of the American Association of Tissue Banks, the industry trade group, disagrees with that finding.
"We are very highly regulated," he says, noting that medical advances with tissue come so quickly that regulators have a hard time keeping up or staying out of the way. "That's what we worry about. Will the regulations affect our ability to come up with new ideas?"
Read the full article and listen to audio (7:47) at NPR
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