2012, Number 2
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ABSTRACTThe umbilical cord blood (UCB) is a rich source of hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC) for transplantation. Here, we describe the history of using of UCB for hematopoietic transplantation and the need of obtaining informed consent for its conservation, storage and further use for these purposes. Reference is made to the security for the receiver in terms of sample selection, epidemiological, obstetrical, and analytical requirements, as well as the quality of hematopoietic collection and processing for preservation, in addition to the advantages and disadvantages of its use in transplantation. Finally, we address the importance of increasing the UCB banks, storing CPH with antigenic representation compatible with ethnic minorities.
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