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.
For cryopreserved cord blood unit, either prepare cells for long-term storage in Liquid Nitrogen vapor phase or thaw for use. Storage in liquid phase nitrogen is NOT recommended. Short-term storage of cells (less than 2 weeks) at -80°C is acceptable but should be minimized to ensure maximum stability. Once thawed, samples must be used immediately.
Testing: Donors are tested for HBV, HCV, HIV, HTLV, WNV, Trypanasoma cruzi, and Syphilis.