Stemming the Asian tide

"Stemming the Asian tide" Continued...

Issue: "Judicial filibuster deal," June 4, 2005

The act approved by the House would give funding to cord-blood banks and set up a database where doctors can track the success of cord-blood transplants across the nation. It would also combine the National Bone Marrow Registry with a database of available cord blood.

The National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Network, headquartered at the New York Blood Center, asked lawmakers earlier this year for funding to build the national cord-blood inventory. "Such an inventory, reflective of the ethnic diversity of our country, will enable 80-90 percent of patients to receive a well-matched unit," the center said in a statement. It called on legislators to "recognize that patients in need of a bone marrow transplant do not have to die waiting for a match. There is another option: cord blood."

Lynde Langdon
Lynde Langdon

Lynde is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.


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