You can unsubscribe at any time. But the virgin health bank said the human tissue act prevented it from employing its own staff. The procedure can be carried out as soon as the cord is cut, while the placenta is still in the womb. But most experts have regarded the burgeoning industry as hyped, like cloning pets, or worse, offering new parents false promises. Many scientists believe that in addition to this use, cord blood stem cells have potential to cure diseases such as diabetes and parkinson’s – called regenerative medicine. The virgin health bank will compete with several existing private cord blood banks and the national public cord bank in north london.
In all countries, including britain, public efforts to collect cord blood for children with blood disorders have only partially met the need. Colin mcguckin, professor of regenerative medicine at newcastle university, said: “advances in cord blood research around the world are amazing. When you partner with virgin active, we’ll help you put a little pep in your workforce’s step.