WHY THE JEWISH PEOPLE NEED ISRAEL TO HAVE
A LARGE PUBLIC CORD BLOOD BANK
Ethnic minorities face real difficulty finding genetically matched transplant donors
Jews share a distinct genetic ‘fingerprint’. This fingerprint is represented in the world’s registers of potential bone marrow donors close to the Jewish proportion in the wider population.
Jews make up less than 3% in the US, 0.15% in Germany and 0.05% in Brazil . Yet these three countries account for around 12 million of the 17.5 million registered potential bone marrow donors or the growing number of international cord blood banks. This means that the chance of a Jew finding a genetically matched donor from the world’s registries is around 1 in 120,000 .
And that’s an Ashkenazi Jew’s story.
For smaller ethnic groups within the wider Jewish communities - Tunisian, Moroccan, Yemenite and many others - the situation is even more extreme.
And yet experts estimate that by expanding Israel’s public Cord Blood Banks to 35,000 units collected from the widest variety of ethnic communities, it is possible to increase these chances to around 1 in 30,000.