News Roundup #6: Donating tooth and tissue to art, Pacific Islander mobilization, Aussie multiculti organs issues…
This roundup is full of wide-ranging goodness for you to chew on.
Sink your teeth into this
Donation isn’t just for transplantation, there’s a discussion in the UK about living donation of human tissue for art. It’s in conjunction with a fascinating exhibit called Palaces which features baby teeth (or in the British parlance “milk teeth”) that have been donated. Created by artist Gina Czarnecki, the exhibition is meant to highlight the possibilities for stem cell research and teeth as a potential source for stem cells. Quite timely considering this recent press release about dental stem cell banking in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cord blood over eggs?
Yes, there’s an upcoming event in New York where expecting mothers are invited to a breakfast that informs them about the possibilities for cord blood banking.
As the site explains:
Like bone marrow, cord blood is rich in the blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma and many other life-threatening diseases. If not donated to a public cord blood bank or stored at a private bank, umbilical cord blood is discarded.The Icla da Silva Foundation would like to invite you to attend our free educational breakfast where you’ll have a chance to learn about the available options for cord blood storage or donation from leading experts in the field and have your questions answered.
The drive, which is being organized by groups such as the Guam Medical Association and the Guam Nurses Association, will be held from Feb. 10 to 12 at Guam Premier Outlets, according to an email from Dr. Thomas Shieh, president of the Guam Medicaldrive is to assist two people who have leukemia — Joey Tyquiengco, 40, who is from Guam and now lives in San Francisco, and Janet Liang, 22, who is an Asian-American college graduate who lives in southern California, Shieh said.Although Liang is not from Guam, as an Asian American, Shieh said her life depends on Asian-American donors, and people from Guam, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands are some of her closest matches.