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Illegal cord blood collections warning

9th March 2010

The Human Tissue Authority has issued a warning to hospitals and parents about illegally collected umbilical cord blood samples.

The regulator said it had heard reports about samples - which contain stem cells - being taken in unsafe circumstances by unqualified people. In one instance a procedure to collect a sample was performed in a hospital car park. Dr Shaun Griffin, of the HTA, said: "Collection of cord blood is the same as any other medical procedure, it needs to be carried out safely by trained staff."

 

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