When it comes to bone marrow donation, current law holds that donors cannot be compensated. However, pending a lawsuit currently being filed, bone marrow donation may soon become profitable for donors.
Bone marrow contains unspecialized cells that are capable of turning into any type of blood cell in the body. These are termed hematopoietic stem cells and can be very beneficial for people with certain blood diseases such as leukemia. Those for the idea of small donations for donors posit that it will attract more donors and reduce the rate of donors dropping out at the last minute.
Some, however, feel that offering compensation could be a bad thing. Offering compensation could, for instance, attract high risk donors, giving the potential of harming recipients. Transplants are already very risky for recipients and adding this extra risk could make the process much more difficult.
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