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Can Routine Commercial Cord Blood Banking Be Scientifically and Ethically Justified?

Author(s): Fisk Nicholas M | Roberts Irene A. G | Markwald Roger | Mironov Vladimir

Journal: PLoS Medicine
ISSN 1549-1277

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Science Policy | Hematology | Obstetrics/Gynecology | Oncology | Pediatrics

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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