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Stem cell storage can put lives ‘at risk’

The growth of commercial cord blood banking was ‘‘encouraging a culture of maternal guilt’’ and driving many women to have the costly procedures with few proven clinical benefits, the Irish Stem Cell Foundation has warned.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
16th July, 2011

The growth of commercial cord blood banking was ‘‘encouraging a culture of maternal guilt’’ and driving many women to have the costly procedures with few proven clinical benefits, the Irish Stem Cell Foundation has warned.

It said the health of mothers and babies could be jeopardised during the collection of umbilical cord stem cells for storage by private companies, which were charging about €1,700 for storage, in addition to ongoing storage...

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