With the potential for self-renewal and differentiation, the possibilities for stem cells are enormous. One specific type of stem cell, the hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC), which is derived from umbilical cord blood (as well as adult bone marrow ...
and mobilized peripheral blood), holds particular promise. To make the most of these HPCs, the Institute of Medicine was asked to consider the optimal structure for a national cord blood program and to address pertinent issues related to maximizing the potential of stem cell technology. "Cord Blood: Establishing a National Hematopoietic Stem Cell Bank Program" examines: the role of cord blood in stem cell transplantation; the current status of blood banks already in existence; the optimal structure for the cord blood program; the current use and utility of cord blood for stem cell transplants; the best way to advance the use of cord blood units and make them available for research; and expert advice from leaders in the fields of economics, public health, medicine, and biostatistics combine to make this very timely and topical book useful to a number of stakeholders.