Saturday, May 23, 2009

World's first public-private cord blood bank launched in United Kingdom

Obstetricians and midwives are calling for discussions on the logistics of collecting umbilical cord blood for banking, after the launch of the world's first dual private and public cord blood stem cell bank in the United Kingdom.

The Virgin Health Bank will provide parents with the facility to store their child's umbilical cord blood in two portions—one as a private sample for the sole useof the child and his or her family and the second as a public sample, available free of charge to anyone requiring stem cell transplantation.

It is expected that around 80% of each sample will be placed in the public bank and 20% held in the private bank, although this will depend on the individual cord blood sample, stem cell expansion and whether cells meet the regulatory requirements for the international transplantation registry.

Source: 3 February 2009

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