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Getting to the bones of the matter

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0112476
  1. John Julian Harvey, third year medical student1
  1. 1University of Nottingham

A charity group has been set up by medical students to find bone marrow donors. Jules Harvey explains

“Marrow” is part of the Anthony Nolan Trust and serves to give every university student in Britain the chance to join the national bone marrow register. It is run by medical students, though it is still funded and supplied by the trust.

In the beginning

In 1997, a 22 year old university student died from leukaemia, expedited by the delay in finding a suitable bone marrow donor. This delay was caused by the lack of potential donors on the bone marrow register and was further compounded by the fact that she …

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