The NIH Record

November 30, 1999
Vol. LI, No. 24

Spiegel Named
Director of NIDDK

Grantees Win 'America's Nobels,' Lasker Awards

NIDDK Director Gorden Steps Down, Returns to Laboratory

New NIH Travel Management Center Contract Announced

Renovation Limits Food Service
In Bldg. 10 Cafeteria Kitchen

FAES Announces Spring Courses

Science in the News

News Briefs





Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

New Procedure Doubles Usefulness of Blood Donation

By Rich McManus

Photos by Ernie Branson

The finished product of the 35-minute procedure — two happy, healthy units of packed red cells.

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.
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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.
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