Cord blood is blood that remains in the blood vessels of the placenta and in the attached umbilical cord after childbirth. Cord blood contains all the usual components of blood (red blood cells, platelets, white blood cells, and plasma). Cord blood is known to be a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells, which can be used to research hematopoietic and genetic disorders.
Human cord blood is collected from healthy IRB consented donors aseptically at the time of delivery from healthy pregnant women. The donor is required to review and sign an approved procedure-specific consent form prior to the collection.
Use fresh cord blood unit immediately upon receipt.
Testing: Donors are tested for HBV, HCV, HIV, HTLV, WNV, Trypanosoma cruzi, and Syphilis.