Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). HSCs have two important features: they can renew themselves and they can create different types of specialized blood cells. Stem cells are the “building blocks of life” that regenerate and form all other tissues, organs, and systems in the body. To date, physicians have used stem cells from umbilical cord blood in more than 25,000 transplants to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases.
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