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Shai's StoryShai was a feisty little girl whose mother used her scientific background to search for the best approach to cure her cancer. Shai narrowly escaped death many times, including a recovery that even her doctors considered a miracle, yet she died at dawn on the day that she would have begun kindergarten. Her mother went on to found this website and charity in her memory. Read more...

The term “cord blood” is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. The term “cord tissue” refers to the rest of the umbilical cord. The cord blood, cord tissue, and the placenta are all very rich sources of newborn stem cells. Most of the stem cells in cord blood are blood-forming or hematopoietic stem cells. Most of the stem cells in cord tissue and the placenta are mesenchymal stem cells.
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Transplants of cord blood stem cells can cure over 80 diseases. Most of the diseases treated by stem cell transplants are rare among children. The exceptions are inherited blood disorders that are prevalent in certain populations, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia. In recent years trials with cord blood have showed promise for treating more common childhood conditions, such as cerebral palsy, autism, and others.
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Parents who wish to donate cord blood are limited by whether there is a public bank that collects donations from the hospital or clinic where their baby will be born. Search our list of public banks in your country. Parents who wish to store cord blood and/or cord tissue for their family can find and compare private banks in your country. Family banks usually offer payment plans or insurance policies to lower the cost of cord blood banking.
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Correlation between public and family cord blood banks per country in 2015
Nov 2016   Slides from Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation at Phacilitate Cord Blood and Tissue Webinar 16 Nov. 2016. All presentations will be archived.
Babycell cord blood transplant patient Neha with her donor brother
Nov 2016   Neha is now a healthy six year old after a cord blood transplant from her brother thanks to the family cord blood bank Babycell in India.
AmnioChor
Nov 2016   We see rapid growth in AMP-based injectable products being offered in the U.S., and targeted specifically for allogeneic use. Does this meet FDA... more
AABB Center for Cellular Therapies
Sep 2016   The AABB Center for Cellular Therapies is launching a new membership benefit for Spanish-speaking individuals who are interested in cellular... more
Icla da Silva Foundation logo
Jun 2016   The Icla da Silva Foundation is the largest recruitment center for the Be The Match® Registry in the United States. It recruits over 38,000 new... more