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NCBP’S CONTINUING PROGRESS REPORT

THE CORD BLOOD STEM CELL ACT OF 2005

A PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL NETWORK OF CORD BLOOD STEM CELL BANKS

[Report last updated on 6/9/2005]

PURPOSE

This new section will periodically report on developments that update the current status of this pending legislation—a proposal to expand the inventory of publicly donated cord blood for use in transplantation. Information will appear in installments as this proposal works its way through the legislative process.

(A) EXCERPTS FROM THE IOM REPORT

  1. Background:
    "The Congress's 2004 $10 million appropriation for the establishment of a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Program recognized the different views on how such a program might be established. A portion of that appropriation was allocated to the Institute of Medicine (IoM) to provide HRSA (Health & Human Services Administration) with an assessment of existing cord blood programs and inventories and to make recommendations on the ideal structure, function and utility of a National Cord Blood Stem Cell Bank Program." (Source: Executive Summary)
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