Miracle Cures May Be In Your Cells

From the ancient Aztec to the modern Navajo, many cultures have saved the umbilical cords of newborn babies to use in rituals. If a young company called Biocyte gets its wish, parents in the U.S. soon may embrace a similar rite--potentially with lifesaving consequences. In November, Biocyte said that for $1,500 plus $75 a year, it will freeze and store three ounces of "cord blood" cells extracted from umbilical cords of healthy infants, initially those born at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. If later the child, or a close relative, is afflicted by cancer or other serious disorders, these matched cells could help carry a cure.

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