Jimmy Loon is a marrow expert for One Lambda, the nationâ€™s largest supplier of bone marrow testing kits. He says the goal is to find someone with matching human leukocyte antigens located on chromosome six.
This is called a haplo-type and itâ€™s made up of alleles inherited from each parent.
Of the seven million people in the National Marrow Donor Program only 180,000 have multi-racial backgrounds.
â€œThe larger the donor pool the better chance for finding a match,â€ said Jimmy Loon.
Wait, I thought race was a social construct?
Here it’s clearly biological.
This article shows us that multi-racial patients need bone marrow from multi-racial donors because different races have different antigens, and when you mix races, you create a unique group of antigens needed. So then you need another member of this new mixed race to donate, and only about a quarter of patients are able to find a match.
Why is it that interpretations of science are clearly divided — those who are biological determinists tend to be old-school conservative, or realists, while those who are either liberal or Christian fundamentalist demand we deny biology for symbolic convenience?
Race — a concept used without definition in media, politics and daily conversation — is misunderstood to be skin color and national identity, not a branching of evolution’s process, which is both parallel and linear.
It’s as if humanity is running in fear from science.