Doubts cast on banking of blood for stem cell research

Senior stem cell doctors said parents who are considering banking their newborn's umbilical cord blood should be aware that the blood has little use in clinical practice.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
21st April, 2012

The country's most senior stem cell doctors said parents who are considering banking their newborn's umbilical cord blood should be aware that the blood has little use in clinical practice. Consultant haematologists Paul Browne and Owen Smith said the vast majority of cord stem cells used in the treatment of illnesses came from third parties.

Browne, who is head of the national bone marrow and stem cell programme, said this was because private cords often...

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