Cord Blood: Private Cord Blood Banks Raise Concern

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 587
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.587


The promise of umbilical cord blood for treating a variety of life-threatening diseases has resulted in the establishment of private cord blood banks, offering parents the chance to bank their baby's cord blood for possible later use by the donor or his or her family. Transplant physicians argue, however, that the chances that the blood will be needed within the family are remote, and they worry that the private banks will diminish the supply of cord blood for transplants to unrelated recipients.