The lower “cost” of bone marrow donation: freshly minted research out on donor (dis)incentives

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Paying bone marrow or organ donors is still a hot button issue.  Ethical qualms aside, the core question surrounding this issue is whether such monetary incentives, or less drastic incentives like tax breaks, are actually effective enough to encourage more donors to register. But a less divisive and perhaps less public donor benefit has been … Continue reading

News Roundup #11: marrow comp decision, drive recordbreakers, annals of day zero, tracing transfusion history

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Bone marrow donor compensation ruling upheld The Obama administration’s appeal of the Flynn v. Holder ruling was denied. LA Times reportage here states: The 9th Circuit ruling now stands as the law of the land, as no other courts in the federal judiciary have weighed in on the question of whether the newer donation method … Continue reading

News Roundup #10: Transplant Education, immunosuppressant lynchpins, Flynn profile, OPTN public comment

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Compensation for donors? The Flynns say yes For those of you who were wondering about the Flynn behind Flynn v. Holder, look no further. The BBC has done a profile on the Flynn family whose lawsuit sparked the landmark 9th circuit court of appeals ruling that bone marrow donors who donate via peripheral blood can … Continue reading

News Roundup #7: Iowan donor diversity, Wall Street Journal and NOTA naysaying, drive bits n’ pieces

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Lucky number seven. We’ve got some interesting stories for you. Addressing minority donor paucity in Iowa Iowa is looking to increase the diversity of its bone marrow and organ donors. As the Daily Ioawan, the paper for the University of Iowa reports: Only 4 percent of minorities in Iowa are organ donors. “We need more … Continue reading

Commodification of the Reproductive Donor: Part 1 (The Recruitment)

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Donors are subject to commodification.  What I mean is that donors, due to the bureaucratic market processes surrounding donation, can be alienated from their own bodies.  Alienation can come in many forms, in this case I am using alienation to mean separated or distanced from the body.  By separating the donor into parts, the “sellable” … Continue reading

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