Umbilical cord blood units are made available for research studies intended to improve patient outcomes, as stated in the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005, Public Law 109-129, and the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-264.
Cord blood banks providing cord blood units for research vary in their requirements regarding use for studies and cost of the units. Most banks will ship units anywhere within the United States.
To acquire cord blood units for pre-clinical or clinical research, contact one of these banks, which are listed alphabetically by state.
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Cord blood specimens for non-clinical scientific research studies are also available through the Cord Blood Transplantation (COBLT) Study, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)