Amit Gupta needs a bone marrow transplant, and to increase chances of finding a match, Seth Godin offered a $10k bounty to whoever donated to his friend. There was only one problem. The offer was illegal. The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984 made it "felony punishable by up to five years in prison" to offer financial incentive for bone marrow donation. The Institute for Justice has sued the US Attorney General to overturn this restriction (commentary). [more inside]
Stem Cell Awareness and The Black Community "Due to genetic variance, 1 in 500 Europeans need to be on the registry, but 1 in 10 Africans should be on the registry worldwide..." 5 Fast Facts on Bone Marrow Registration and Donation. If you want to find out more about whether you can save a life, visit Be The Match (US), OneMatch (Canada), or the Anthony Nolan Trust (UK).
Functional Neurons Induced From Adult Stem Cells. Meanwhile, stem cells may be better than bone marrow for certain cancers, and have the potential to revolutionize the supply of blood. Anecdotal success stories continue to pile up.
Sign Up To Be A Bone Marrow Donor Without Leaving Your House On this day of love, do something great for the human race and sign up to to be a bone marrow donor. For a small fee, Gift of Life will send a registration kit to your house, so you don't even have to leave your chair.
Alana Dung passed away quietly in her sleep at age 3 from leukemia, but not before inspiring 30,000 people in Hawai'i to register themselves with The National Bone Marrow Registry. Since her parents and brother were not marrow matches, her family made her battle public. To honor her memory, they eventually formed the Alana Dung Research Foundation, an organization dedicated "to support research efforts designed to improve the quality of life for children with serious illnesses." Her brief life also inspired a play. Is your marrow registered?