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Buy Bone Marrow and Let Your Donor Live

In many third world contries, people sell essential organs for money. Bone Marrow, however, grows back so why not pay for this instead?

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I thought of this off the top of my head so builds would be appriciated.

Bone Marrow donation centres could be set up all over the world. The extractions are done by professionals so it is ensured that donors are:

1. Healthy: can donate, are not carrying diseases, are of a neccessary blood/marrow type(?)

2. Have not very recently donated bone marrow, have enough bone marrow to donate and donating would not be dangerous to them.

Also, records of donors are kept in each country so that they can be tracked on frequency and whether it is safe to extract bone marrow currently.

Donor's fees will be at a fixed rate and fixed amount of bone marrow.


This could be done in two ways:

1) Buyers

People who afford it can request for a certain bone marrow and pay for it. This money will conver the extraction and the donors' fee.

2) Charities/the people who create the bone marrow donation centres will cover the donor's fees and cost of extraction.

I don't know much about this so forgive any inaccuracies.

Which barrier(s) does your concept address?

  • Fear
  • Time

Which step(s) of the journey does your concept apply to?

  • Donation


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