Deadly Transplants

A tissue bank is accused of sloppy procedures that exposed patients to infections. How safe is the industry?

When most of us are rolled into an operating room, the last thing we want to think about (if we are conscious at all) is what the doctors are putting inside us. We don't want to know who donated the leg veins sometimes used for our coronary bypass operations or where the ligaments needed to hold a wobbly knee together were found. We want to be fixed, stitched up neatly, shipped out--and spared any gory details.

So it was more than a little disturbing last week when the Food and Drug Administration announced it was shutting down part of the facilities...

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