Umbilical cord blood stem cells: what to expect.

  title={Umbilical cord blood stem cells: what to expect.},
  author={Xiao Yan Zhong and Bei Zhang and Reza Asadollahi and Shyan Huey Low and Wolfgang Holzgreve},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is a valuable alternative source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). It has unique advantages of easy procurement, absence of risk to donors, low risk of transmitting infections, immediate availability, greater tolerance of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) disparity, and lower incidence of inducing severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). In the last several years, these features of UCB permit the field of UCB transplantation (UCBT) to move at a faster pace for both… CONTINUE READING
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