Cord blood shortage for minorities

Cord blood is rich in stem cells and has been used to treat conditions from cancer to autism.
Cord blood is rich in stem cells and has been used to treat conditions from cancer to autism. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore's only public cord blood bank says there is dire need for more donations from minority races.

Although donations have grown to over 13,000 units since the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) started in 2005, at least 5,000 units for each ethnicity are required to achieve a 60 per cent to 80 per cent stem cell match.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Cord blood shortage for minorities'. Print Edition | Subscribe