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Umbilical Cords a Source of Stem Cells

Umbilical cords are usually discarded after birth, but stem cells can be extracted from their blood and kept in cold storage to later be used to help regenerate tissue such as bone marrow, making the stem cells important for treating illnesses. Because the stem cells are from the recipient, there is no wait for a donor and theoretically no rejection risk.

Umbilical cords are usually discarded after birth, but stem cells can be extracted from their blood and kept in cold storage to later be used to help regenerate tissue such as bone marrow, making the stem cells important for treating illnesses. Because the stem cells are from the recipient, there is no wait for a donor and theoretically no rejection risk.

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