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PLoS Med. 2005 Feb;2(2):e44. Epub 2005 Feb 22.

Can routine commercial cord blood banking be scientifically and ethically justified?

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  • 1Imperial College London, United Kingdom. nfisk@imperial.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND TO THE DEBATE:

Umbilical cord blood--the blood that remains in the placenta after birth--can be collected and stored frozen for years. A well-accepted use of cord blood is as an alternative to bone marrow as a source of hematopoietic stem cells for allogeneic transplantation to siblings or to unrelated recipients; women can donate cord blood for unrelated recipients to public banks. However, private banks are now open that offer expectant parents the option to pay a fee for the chance to store cord blood for possible future use by that same child (autologous transplantation).

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