Every four minutes, one person in the U.S. is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Blood stem cell transplants have become a standard way to treat children with leukemia and other blood disorders, but have been limited for only small children. Now, doctors are saving older children by transplanting not just one but two umbilical cords!
“The nice thing about cord blood is you don’t need to have the same degree of matching. Because the assumption in those cells from the cord are naïve and were not exposed to any other antigens or any other proteins, that’s why they are less likely to cause complication in the recipient. So actually we don’t need a full match when you use cord blood.”
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