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Tianjin Has Largest Umbilical Cord Stem-Cell Storage
    2007-12-30 18:43:51     CRIENGLISH.com

Researchers store umbilical cord blood in the stem-cell storage bank in Tianjin in an undated photo. [Photo: Tonight Paper]

Tianjin now has the largest umbilical cord blood stem-cell storage in the world.

The number of stored stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood has reached 100,000 specimens, twice the amount stored in the New York Cord Blood Bank that previously had the largest number of stem cell samples.

The umbilical cord blood bank in Tianjin is among the first batch of blood banks that have passed the state health watchdog's examination. And it is also among the first batch of blood banks accepted by an organization on Asian cord blood banks, according to a report in the Tianjin-based Tonight Paper on Sunday.

Many diseases are treated with stem cells, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, damaged livers and malignant tumors. Stem cells are increasingly being used in many other clinical treatments.

The stem cell bank in Tianjin has received about 1,000 domestic and international medical inquires for type matching. It has provided stem cells for 150 medical cases so far.

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