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Bill to spur collection of life-saving umbilical cord blood awaits action by Schwarzenegger
Sacramento Bee

Parents-to-be have seen the ads: Privately bank your newborn’s umbilical cord blood, for a price, and it might later provide lifesaving aid.

In fact, only a tiny fraction of cord blood is harvested at births, resulting in dire shortages nationwide of a substance that can help cure – in patients of all ages – more than 70 potentially lethal blood cancers and diseases.