Friday, June 15, 2012

Wanna buy some foreskin?

Of course, the other motivation behind circumcision is money.

You can buy 500 µg Human Foreskin Fibroblast Whole Cell Lysate for $265.00. "Ready-to-use whole cell lysates produced by Rockland Immunochemicals are derived from cell lines or tissues using highly refined extraction protocols to ensure exceptionally high quality, protein integrity and lot-to-lot reproducibility."

"CET's human foreskin fibroblast cells are derived from neonatal human foreskins. Cells are passaged until uniform fibroblast morphology is achieved. HFF's are versatile cells that are important in a variety of disciplines including use as stem cell feeder lines and in virological applications. CET can treat cells with mitomycin C, for use as feeder cells, for an additional charge". $220 for 500,000 cells.

"In an article for The Tyee, Dr. Paul Tinari estimated that a single male foreskin can be worth upwards of $100,000". (

"Foreskin fibroblasts are big business. A fibroblast is a piece of human skin that is used as a culture to grow other skin or cells -- like human yogurt kits. Human foreskin fibroblast is used in all kinds of medical procedures from growing skin for burn victims and for eyelid replacement, to growing skin for those with diabetic ulcers (who need replacement skin to cover ulcers that won't heal), to making creams and collagens in the cosmetics industry (yes, the product that is injected into puffy movie-starlet lips)."

"Foreskin-derived skin, sourced from circumcisions (now considered by many experts to be painful and also unnecessary) is still often considered the "cruelty free" alternative to testing cosmetic products on animals. One foreskin can be used for decades to produce miles of skin, much of which helps people in genuine medical need. And that's the reason one foreskin can generate as much as $100,000: that's not the fee from a one-time sale, but the fees from the fibroblasts that are created from those original skin cells."

"But not all uses of foreskin fibroblast are "medical" in nature. One of the most publicized examples of the foreskin-for-sale trend involves a skin cream that has been promoted by none other than Oprah Winfrey. SkinMedica'sa face cream, which costs over $100 US for a 0.63 oz bottle, is used by many high-profile celebrities (such as Winfrey and Barbara Walters) as an alternative to cosmetic surgery. "

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