Medical Journal Articles from 1969 to 1998 DocumentingThe Use of Human Foreskins in Medical,A universal MEDLINE search on 25 April 1998 using the key words “Foreskin Fibroblasts” (the term used for harvested foreskins after they are processed for sale) yielded 471 articles. The articles with “human foreskin fibroblasts” in their titles are listed below. …
Pharmaceutical, and Other Commercial Enterprises
[24 entries listed]
Foreskins For Sale
… 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….
ICCPR’s [International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, UN GA Resolution 2200 A (XXI)] slavery, forced labor, and traffic in persons includes the industry of a growing number of American medical hospitals and medical professionals colluding with scientific agencies harvesting neonatal foreskins for skin grafts, i.e., as compulsory organ donation.
Associations like Organogenesis (Canton, MA) have received approval from the USA’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its foreskin-based GraftskinTM, and has served Western Pennsylvania Hospital, with additional studies conducted at Yale University and Boston University (Stephen Brewer, New Skin Twin Life- and Look-Saver. Longevity September 1992: 18).
Another profit-oriented tissue engineering company, Advanced Tissue Sciences (La Jolla, CA), retrieves foreskins from hospitals so one foreskin can create 250,000 square feet of dermis … [T]he annual market for dermis could be $1 billion to $2 billion. Advanced Tissue Sciences has sold about $1 million worth of cultured dermis to Proctor & Gamble, Helene Curtis, and other such businesses for pre-market testing. Advanced Tissue Science’s foreskin-derived merchandise held a $32 million stock offering in the beginning of 1992 (Julie Pitta.
Biosynthetics. Forbes 10 May 1993: 170-171). [The 32-page Advanced Tissue Sciences, Inc. 1997 Annual Report refers to “fibroblasts” but does not contain the word “foreskin.”]
A Boston Globe frontispiece to its Business section reads: Companies See $1.5b Market in Replacement Skin Products. This article reveals another enterprise of genital mutilation-cum-scientific advance: BioSurface Technology of Cambridge, MA. All three companies face no shortage of hoarding and retailing foreskins, and are motivated by individuals like Dr. Tania Phillips, professor of dermatology at Boston University of Medicine, insisting foreskin gathering and cultivating is scientifically and technologically “very promising.” (Ronald Rosenberg. 19 October 1992: 22-23). …..
In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child
In memory of all the children throughout history
who have died at the hands of sexual mutilators;
and in memory of those who almost died,
those who wanted to die,
and those who wished they had died;
and in memory of those who never knew
that a sexual mutilator killed
a beautiful, wondrous, irreplaceable part of them….