Bioscience

Gilbert’s new stem-cell center gets first cord-blood donation

October 4, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: The Arizona Republic] – The first pouch of precious, potentially lifesaving stem cells found its way into a cryogenic freezer in an inconspicuous research center in Gilbert last month.

Brigid Wilson, born Sept. 2 at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, became the first umbilical-cord-blood donor for the new Celebration Stem Cell Centre, which has its grand opening Thursday.

It is the Valley’s first cord-blood bank and the only one in Arizona to offer free public donation services. Donated cord blood can be processed for adult stem cells and put onto a national transplant registry.

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