How Cord Blood Can Be Used to Aid the Treatment of Leukemia and Other Inherited Disorders I have been hearing lots of news lately on the research being done with cord blood. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta that is usually discarded after birth. However, it can be very beneficial to save a baby’s cord blood. Cord blood is rich with stem cells distinctive to that baby and family. Stem cells are important because they play a role in the development of all organs, tissues, and body systems. Stem cells can turn into other cells where they are needed. Stem cells are just as useful as bone marrow when it comes to treating disease, but they have a much lower rejection rate than marrow does. I am going to talk about the different studies being done on cord blood research, the uses of cord blood, and why it is more beneficial than bone marrow. I will also address the moral and ethical issues of using cord blood. Sample Literature
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