Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are used to treat a number of diseases, but the current system for collecting, storing, and allocating donated cord blood is fragmented and less efficient than it could be. ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL CORD BLOOD BANK PROGRAM, a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, proposes a structure for a fully coordinated, national cord blood bank program. The report also recommends ways to increase the size and diversity of the inventory of banked cord blood.
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Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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