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Friday Fact: The average length of an umbilical cord is between 50 and 60cm. An umbilical cord is considered to be short if it is 35cm or under and considered long if it is 70cm over!

Friday Fact: Cord blood is better than bone marrow; cord blood matches need to meet only 4 out of 6 HLA criteria, while bone marrow matches must meet at least 5 out of 6 HLA criteria.

Cells4Life +Cord Service Storing cord tissue will increase the number of MSCs harvested and will add further cell types not present in whole cord blood. Although overall numbers of MSCs may be less than those in the cord blood, cord tissue MSCs will enhance the overall cell sample size, and provide cell types which look increasingly likely to be therapeutically beneficial. www.Cells4Life.com

Dr. Kurtzberg is internationally recognised for her work with umbilical cord blood transplants. Find out more about her clinical and research interests here: http://www.dukehealth.org/physicians/joanne_kurtzberg #CordBlood #StemCells #CP #CerebralPalsy

#FridayFact: There are currently nine clinical trials listed using cord blood for treatment of cerebral palsy. Two of the most prestigious research institutes – Duke University and Georgia Health Sciences Institute – are working on clinical trials in this area (NCT01072370 and NCT01147653).

"K" is for Kurtzberg, Joanne. Joanne Kurtzberg is a modern day stem cell pioneer and continues to advance the development of innovative stem cell therapies specifically those based on umbilical cord blood.