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Cord Blood Stem Cells: Current Uses and Future Challenges

David T Harris

*Corresponding author: David T Harris davidh@email.arizona.edu


Cord blood was recognized in the 1980s as a readily available source of stem cells for patients in need of transplant but unable to identify suitable bone marrow donors. The creation of cord blood banks enabled more than 35,000 such transplants over the next 20 years. Recently, cord blood stem cells have been utilized in many non-traditional applications involving regenerative medicine. In fact, cord blood stem cell use in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering now outnumbers cord blood transplant use by 3–5 to 1. This short editorial describes the history of cord blood clinical use and the current indications for future cord blood stem cell use.

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