For at least five years, the hospital has harvested consenting women’s placentas and delivered them to biochemical company Sigma-Aldrich, which then extracts valuable proteins to sell to laboratories.
In return, the company makes an annual donation to the hospital which totalled £5,000 last year alone.
While mothers must sign a consent form to allow their afterbirth to be used, they are told it will go to research into deadly diseases such as cancer and HIV/Aids. But it has now emerged some of the extracted substances can be used for cosmetic research.
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