For example, AABB estimates that 9.2 million volunteers donate blood each year. With an aging population and advances in medical treatment, the need for blood has never been greater. Yet, each unit of blood must be screened for evidence of donor infection.
Advancements in cellular therapy are being made in bone marrow transplant, cancers and autoimmune disease. Stem cell research is leading to a number of exciting developments in disease management. Here again, patient safety must be weighed against the need for new treatment.
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