Cells for Sale.

You're now allowed to pay for bone marrow. Could other tissues be next?

How much do you think your bone marrow is worth? Or more accurately, how much would it take for you to consider selling it?

According to a U.S. federal court, that price is about $3,000. In a landmark decision in a lawsuit brought by patients, parents and a donor-advocacy group, the court ruled it's now legal to buy bone-marrow cells--provided that the payment is made in the form of scholarship vouchers or donations to charity and that the bone marrow, or blood stem cells, is obtained from the bloodstream, not the bone. (If extracted from the bone, it would be considered...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!