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For most patients diagnosed with a blood disorder and in need of a bone marrow transplant, finding a matching bone marrow is a Herculean task. While some find a matching bone marrow from a sibling or a relative, for others the search does not seem to end.
To help those needing matching bone marrow, the Bangalore Medical College Alumni Association is establishing a bone marrow registry. “Unlike the relatively simple blood group matching before blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants require matching a patient’s human leukocyte antigen (HLA) profile with the potential donors to determine the most suitable match,” said Srinivasa Gowda, a pathologist who is part of the alumni association. The alumni of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute have launched the project to establish a bone marrow registry after a colleague of theirs died as he did not get a matching bone marrow. .
From: The Hindu