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>> One of the largest brokers of donated bodies in the US raided by the FBI as part of an investigation into how the company distributes body parts. Reuters exclusively reporting that federal agents seized records from MedCure Incorporated on November 1st, signaling that the FBI's probe of the Portland, Oregon, based business has reached an advanced stage.
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Both the FBI and MedCure declined to comment on the nature of the investigation. But people familiar with the matter said the probe concerns the manner in which the company handles distribution of body parts acquired from its donors. It is illegal to profit from the sale of organs destined for transplant, but as a Reuters investigation detailed recently it is legal in most states to sell donated whole bodies or parts, such as arms and heads, for medical research, training, and education.
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Reuters documented how people who donate their bodies to science may be unwittingly contributing to commerce. Body parts can be bought with ease in the United States from businesses commonly known as body brokers. A Reuters reporter bought two heads and a spine from a Tennessee broker with just a few emails.
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A person familiar with the MedCure probe told Reuters that FBI agents took records but did not remove any human remains.