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August 4, 2010

Donor Policies for Stem Cell Transplantation

JAMA. 2010;304(5):524-525. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1072

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Godley and van Besien1 wrote of the challenges to finding HLA-matched donors for patients requiring hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation, especially when seeking unrelated donors in the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) registry, and proposed novel scientific approaches to overcome this challenge. However, one simple step toward improving the chance of finding a matched donor—and potentially saving more lives—remains unmet.