November 30, 1999
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
New Procedure Doubles Usefulness of Blood Donation
By Rich McManus
Photos by Ernie Branson
When you lie down to give your pint of blood at the Clinical Center Blood Bank, it's almost taboo to think that not all of what you're giving is essential. Fact is, however, that the department of transfusion medicine (DTM) needs mainly the packed red cells; the plasma is, in many cases, discarded or frozen for eventual reuse. To address this skewed economy, the Blood Bank now offers a "double red cell" procedure that allows a donor in slightly more time than regular blood donation to give twice the volume of packed red cells than in a normal donation, and get back his or her plasma and platelets, along with enough saline solution to restore the volume of red cells lost, usually in the range of 360-400 milliliters.
M O R E . . .
NIH Group Selected to Decode Mouse Genome
By Cathy Yarbrough
Twenty-five NIH employees working in Gaithersburg have received
a strong endorsement by a review committee of top scientists in the
burgeoning field of genomics. The employees scientists
and staff at the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center
(NISC) were recently notified that NISC was designated a
member of NIH's new Mouse Genome Sequencing Network. The
network of 10 sequencing centers across the United States will
decipher the genetic makeup (or genome) of the mouse, one of the
most frequently used mammals in medical and behavioral research.