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    Mixed Race Children Have Almost No Chance of Finding Bone Marrow or Organ Donors

    Mixed race children have almost no chance of finding bone marrow or organ donors

    Luke Do was a lively 18-month-old awaiting the birth of his first sibling when he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

    The hopes of his parents, both doctors in San Jose, Calif., immediately turned to a bone marrow transplant, but they soon learned some distressing news — Luke’s ethnic heritage made him a tough match.

    Sarah Gaskins, Luke’s mother, has Japanese and European ancestors and his father, Lam Do, is Vietnamese-American. Because bone marrow matches usually are made with a relative or someone with the same racial or ethnic background as the patient, multiracial people rarely have success.

    “It’s tragic,” said Lam Do, who specializes in internal medicine. “Your chance of finding a donor is so low, it’s like winning the lottery. And most people are unaware of this.”
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    Very true, and very relevant to me. I'd have to say that my racial purity saved my life

    The doctors outright told me that my chances of survival depended on my ethnicity, and I was lucky to be the ethnicity I am.

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    Professors at my University would say the solution to that would make everyone mixed. : /
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    Quote Originally Posted by triedandtru View Post
    Professors at my University would say the solution to that would make everyone mixed. : /
    Then you Professors would be dead wrong, (what else is new) because if everyone was racially mixed then no one would be a tissue match for anyone, except for siblings with each other.
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    No. If you have roughly the same mixture you will be pretty compatable. A half black half white would need another half black half white etc. Once everybody is pretty mixed compatability would go down in some ways because of less inbreeding and more diversity, but overall there should be general good compatability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman View Post
    No. If you have roughly the same mixture you will be pretty compatable. A half black half white would need another half black half white etc. Once everybody is pretty mixed compatability would go down in some ways because of less inbreeding and more diversity, but overall there should be general good compatability.
    Not correct. White/white matches don't necessarily work. It's more a matter of English/English, Polish/Polish etc. Not only would a mixed race person need someone of a similar racial mix, they'd need a very similar ethnic mix as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimWheat View Post
    Not correct. White/white matches don't necessarily work. It's more a matter of English/English, Polish/Polish etc. Not only would a mixed race person need someone of a similar racial mix, they'd need a very similar ethnic mix as well.
    Indeed, and it sometimes happens that even the sick persons siblings are not sufficiently similar to provide a tissue match. Where upon a compatible donor must be sought from among the wider population. In that case the racially mixed person would be effectively out of options.
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