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Monday, February 7, 2005

Bar Codes for Cal. Cadavers?

AP reports (courtesy of the Napa Valley Register) that the UC system is considering bar codes or "toll-tag"-type radio transmitters to keep track of bodies donated to the system for tissue, research, or education.  The system has weathered numerous controversies in recent years, including allegation of hundreds of missing bodies, black-market tissue sales, and mishandling of remains.  Art Caplan says he's never heard of such a practice, it might not be all that hard for "bad people" to circumvent, and unless the system invests in auditors, it's probably meaningless.  [tm]

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