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MSU bone marrow drive

The Minot State University Biology Department, Club Biology and biology students are teaming up with Delete Blood Cancer, an organization leading the fight to eradicate blood cancer, to host a bone marrow drive March 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beaver Dam (Student Center, second floor).

Hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with blood cancer and other life-threatening blood-related diseases each year. Many of these patients require a blood stem cell transplant, and often that requires a matching blood stem cell donor. Presently, there are not enough potential donors, and only half of those who need a donor will find a suitable match. That is why everyone’s help is desperately needed.

“This is a pretty painless way to save a life without giving your own,” said Heidi Super, biology professor. “I'd like to see more people from the community and more minority students register at this drive.  There is an overall shortage of people willing to donate bone marrow, but when you break it down, numerous ethnic groups are really underrepresented on the registry. The reason you are asked to submit your ethnicity/ancestry on the registration form is that you are much more likely to find a match within your ethnic group.  It's just how genetics works!”

For more information about the drive, contact Super at 701-858-3079, or For questions about stem cell donation and getting registered, or making a donation, go to using drive code XBV002.

Published: 03/02/15

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