Social Media Fuels Search for Stem Cells
Social media fuels desperate search for life-saving stem cell donors
Globe and Mail
David Geneen suffers from a rare blood disorder that, without treatment, will result in deadly leukemia.
So he decided to throw a party. “It was a festive and warm affair, a great success,” said Mr. Geneen, a retired luxury-car dealer.
But it was no ordinary party.
More than 700 friends and strangers recently showed up at Holy Blossom Temple in downtown Toronto on a Sunday afternoon, and almost everyone aged 17 to 50 – a total of 428 people – underwent a CSI-like swab.
If the odds weren’t astronomical enough already, matches rarely occur outside racial groups because each ethnicity has inherited haplotypes, a combination of DNA and location on chromosomes.