oscar bad blood lifetime Thanks to Lifetime's 'Bad Blood,' no one's ever going to want to donate their bone marrow
After watching Lifetime’s newest original movie, “Bad Blood,” it’s hard not to walk away thinking that you’ll never (ever) willingly walk into a hospital to donate your bone marrow. Which is unfortunate since donating bone marrow can save lives.

The film follows a woman named Lauren (played by Taylor Cole) who is falsely accused of murder because — get ready for this one — the man (Brett Rickaby) she donated bone marrow to now has her DNA and is using it to commit crimes. To repeat that, a woman donated her bone marrow for the good of another, and because of crazy science, someone else pretty much was able to steal her identity.

The thing is, as unrealistic as this all sounds, this scenario could technically happen in real life. A medical professional — a doctor in a Lifetime movie, to be specific — in the movie explains that someone with two different blood types is called a chimera. According to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, chimerism can occur in “someone who has received a transplant of genetically different tissue.” 
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Add on the fact that, according to a New York Times article, researchers at Innsbruck Medical University tested 77 people who had received bone marrow transplants and found that 74 percent of the samples consisted of a mix of genomes, and you’re seriously going to want to rethink that donation.

The positive in all of this is that it doesn’t appear as if “Bad Blood” is inspired by true events, like many of Lifetime’s movies are. So, for now, you can probably go and donate your bone marrow without fear that someone is going to steal your identity and blame all of their murders on you. Sleep easy.

“Bad Blood” airs again on Saturday, March 28 at midnight on Lifetime.

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Posted by:Casey Rackham