Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, June 20th, 2004
Donated blood and organs have been strictly regulated for a long time. But less subject to oversight are other donated tissue such as skin for burn victims, ligaments for knee surgery, umbilical cord blood, and sperm and eggs.
Human tissues can carry diseases. So the way cells are handled can make the difference between a therapy that works or one that is wasted or, worse, dangerous when the cells die or are contaminated.
In 2002, a 23-year-old Minnesota man...
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