Bone Marrow Donors Can Now Be Paid – First Up, Minorities

With a new court ruling overturning the ban on payment for bone marrow donation, at least one California non-profit has already indicated they will offer up to $3000 per donor, at least at first to minorities and people of mixed race background. Ethnic minorities tend to be the hardest to find matches for, including those of Asian and mixed-Asian background. This change comes about because of new ways to do bone marrow donation that are more similar to blood plasma donation, and less like organ donation. While paying Asian egg donors doesn’t seem to help find more donors, one has to wonder if paying for bone marrow will increase the donor pool for rare bone marrow types.

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I'm a Chinese/Taiwanese-American, born in Taiwan, raised on Long Island, went to college in Philadelphia, tried Wall Street and then moved to the California Bay Area to work in high tech in 1990. I'm a recent dad and husband. Other adjectives that describe me include: son, brother, geek, DIYer, manager, teacher, tinkerer, amateur horologist, gay, and occasional couch potato. I write for about 5 different blogs including 8Asians. When not doing anything else, I like to challenge people's preconceived notions of who I should be.
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