Something newish: Placental (cord) blood markets

Link. Tension between donation to the public bank, and saving with private ($) banks for uncertain future personal use.

“Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants are used to treat a variety of oncologic, genetic, hematologic, and immunodeficiency disorders …. a lower incidence of graft-versus-host disease in transplant recipients, and it can be made available more quickly than bone marrow or peripheral stem cells .. can be transplanted to a recipient with only a partial human leukocyte antigen match … can be collected relatively simply without risk to mother or baby.”