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November 02, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about cord blood banking

Although the use of umbilical cord blood for different medical treatments has been around since 1988, when the first transplant of cord blood was used to treat a patient with Fanconi's anemia, it’s still a relatively new development in the area of regenerative medicine and stem cell-based therapies.

The use and potential of umbilical cord blood was discussed by Dr. Ian Rogers, an associate researcher at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, as part of the inaugural StemCellTalks symposium in Toronto, Ontario in March 2010. The presentation has been broken up into a six-part series of short, 3-5 minute videos on different aspects of cord blood banking. Embedded below are the first in that series, discussing what type of stem cells can be banked, but the entire series can be veiwed on the Stem Cell Network's Cord Blood Banking page.