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Some Races Disadvantaged for Bone Marrow Transplants

An article in the Boston Globe reports that minorities are less likely to receive a bone marrow donation than Caucasians in the United States. Asian Americans and African Americans have the most difficulty because they often have unique leukocyte antigens because “populations in Africa and Asia developed in the face of some of the most diverse conditions.” Difficulties also come from the facts that “the national registry of potential donors is disproportionately white” and that nonwhites are “30 percent less likely” to follow through on a donation when contacted after registering.

Read it in the Boston Globe.