Bryn Nelson tells the story of a miracle cure that hardly anyone uses. He reports that it’s expensive, that doctors aren’t creating sufficient demand to bring the price down and that insurers aren’t funding it. But why? Since it has numerous potential applications and a sizable body of research supporting its use and it outperforms the alternatives, the lack of popularity is baffling. Whatever the reason, Nelson successfully sells the idea that cord blood shouldn’t just be thrown away. getAbstract recommends his analysis to anyone who loves medical innovation and hates waste.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why umbilical cord blood is a viable alternative to donor bone marrow,
- Why it is not widely used and
- How it could become more ubiquitous.
About the Author
Bryn Nelson is a Seattle-based freelance writer and editor with an interest in biology, biomedicine, ecology and green technology.