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Umbilical cord blood banking: public good or private benefit?

David E Roberts
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (10): 599-600.
Published online: 17 November 2008

To the Editor: Samuel and colleagues’ article on the ethics of umbilical cord blood (UCB) banking1 reflects much of the misinformation and bias that bedevil this debate. They argue against storage of autologous stem cells from UCB for a variety of contradictory, paternalistic or ideologically driven reasons.

  • David E Roberts

  • Joondalup Health Campus, Perth, WA.


Competing interests:

I have worked as an advisor (unpaid) to Cryosite, 2002–2006, and as Alternative Medical Director (remunerated) to Biocell, 2006–07. I hold shares in Cryosite and Biocell, purchased at market value.

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