Amer­i­cans have a nearly insa­tiable demand for blood.

Every two sec­onds, someone in the country requires a blood trans­fu­sion. And to get one they go straight to a blood bank.

But it’s a strange idea. A blood bank. Or a sperm bank. Or a breast milk bank. What kind of bank relies on dona­tions? That’s the idea that got Kara Swanson inter­ested in the idea, the his­tory and the theory behind banking our pre­cious bodily fluids. She says our cur­rent system of banking body parts isn’t just coun­ter­in­tu­itive; it’s costing lives.

WBUR’s Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with Swanson about the thriving market in human body prod­ucts, and the com­pli­cated legal and med­ical ques­tions sur­rounding it.

 

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