Cord Blood Bank receives $1.4 million grant to boost diversity of donations

The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank has received a $1.4 million federal grant to help improve the diversity of its cord blood donations. By doing so, the effort also would help minority patients increase the likelihood of finding a cord blood match. Cord blood, which is collected from a baby's umbilical cord and mother's placenta after the infant is born, is a form of adult stem cells, which successfully have been used to treat more than 70 diseases, including leukemia, lymphoma and genetic and immune disorders.

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