Nearly 5 million people in the United States receive blood transfusions each year, mainly with donations collected, separated, and stored at blood banks. These days both private and institutional blood banks and biobanks are attracting significant amounts of investment, but they’re also facing challenges.
A panel of experts speaking at Capitol Hill recently affirmed that the US blood supply has never been safer for patients needing transfusions.
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