Medicine: Blood Traffic

Blood, just as it comes from a donor's vein, is worth more than fine old cognac; but unlike brandy, blood is harmed by aging. Faced with the necessity of throwing this costly liquid away after its effective life of 21 days has passed, a crooked dealer may break the rules and sell it anyway. A fortnight ago, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York alleged that a firm called Westchester Blood Service, Inc. had changed the dates on bottles of expired blood and then sold them to hospitals. It was the...

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