Saturday, April 5, 2008

Where do the foreskins go??

Did you ever think to wonder what might happen to a boy’s foreskin once it is removed? It might provide some insight as to why this practice is still going on in the United States and why some doctors are wary to tell you why you SHOULDN’T have it done.

Taken from this website:

"I received an email January 1997 from someone who prefers to remain anonymous who said that the going rate for infant foreskins at a large hospital in the greater San Diego area was $35 each -- and that "ethical" doctors deducted that amount from their circumcision fees."

Maybe that’s not so much money - excect that it could be YOUR baby’s body that is being sold.

From the same source:

"The after market for human foreskin is where the real money is made. Foreskins are sold to biomedical companies, which use them in the manufacture of insulin. They’re also sold to middlemen, who package them for sale to research companies that in turn use them for biochemical analysis. Corporations such as Advanced Tissue Sciences (ATS), Organogenesis, BioSurface Technology, Genzyme, and Ortec International are taking cells from amputated foreskins and experimenting with artificial skin. Products like Dermagraft-TC, which sells for about $3,000 per square foot, are grown from the cells in infant foreskins and used as a temporary wound covering for burn patients. One foreskin contains enough genetic material to grow 250,000 square feet of skin."

And right here, for the low price of $250, you can buy your Epidermal keratinocytes, harvested from infant foreskins.

1 comment:

Kat said...

Wow, have I really not been back here since April? I liked this post and added you to my blogroll, but obviously didn't comment on it, because I was a lurker back then. Anyway. Hi. Are you going to post here anymore, or have you moved?