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Abstract

Value of cord blood donations

The one stem cell as an eternal cell source for the restoration of all organ systems remains in the focus of multiple clinical and non-clinical activities. In hematology, hematopoietic progenitor cells – often wrongly termed as stem cells – derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood or cord blood have been applied for years. Due to its high concentration of stem cells, cord blood becomes increasingly important in hematologic transplantations as well as in regenerative medicine. Unfortunately, this opened the gate for non-controlled asservations of cord blood donations on a commercial basis. In the following, advantages and disadvantages of cord blood and its application within clinical studies are summarized.

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Keywords
Cord blood donation, cord blood banking, stem cells, transplantation

Anja Moldenhauer
Institut für Transfusionsmedizin,
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin
Reviewer: Thomas Klingebiel, Frankfurt
und Gesine Kögler, Düsseldorf

Moldenhauer A. Stellenwert ... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2011; 7(1): 28–43 publiziert 31.03.11 www.akademos.de/gyn ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2011 ISSN 1614-8533