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Stem cell donors lack ethnic diversity in Canada

Current donors are mainly people of European descent, which poses problems for a growing immigrant population.

Stem cell therapy has proven to be an effective way to treat a range of diseases. Donors need to be healthy and have genetic similarities.

But in Canada, donations are mainly from people of European descent.

That poses problems for a growing immigrant population, especially those of mixed ethnic backgrounds.

 

Al Jazeera’s Daniel Lak reports from Toronto, Canada.