Spain is to permit private cord blood banks

7th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2006, MADRID — Spain is to allow cord blood banking when the country adopts a European Union directive on the controversial subject.

7 March 2006

MADRID — Spain is to allow cord blood banking when the country adopts a European Union directive on the controversial subject.

The health minister Elena Salgado said these private banks will be permitted in the next few months under "very strict conditions".

The whole debate on the issue was reignited last week when it emerged Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia had sent blood from the umbilical cord of their daughter Leonor to a private bank in the United States.

Stem cells in cord blood can be used to treat some types of leukaemia and may in future also help treat degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, some medics believe.

At present private cord blood banks are not allowed in Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

 

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