Indian experts highlight need for public cord blood banking

04/1/2009 | Times of India, The

Health experts are calling for more cord blood donations to public banks in India after the transplant of umbilical cord blood stem cells to a 1-year-old boy proved successful. "If cord blood of [100,000] children is stored in a public bank and Human Leukocyte Antigen typing done, almost every child suffering from thalassemia and blood cancer will be able to find a match for a bone marrow transplant," an expert said.

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