Book review

Human tissues are big business. Skin, procured from cadavers or 'abandoned' after operations, is sold for manufacture into burns treatment and use in cosmetic surgery. Corporations own patents to thousands of human genes, generating great streams of income. Yet blood and organ donation for therapeutic purposes remains a gift relationship, at least in the advanced industrial democracies. Why is it we don’t buy and sell blood and organs? Catherine Waldby reviews and contextualises Kieran Healy's Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs

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