Retaining the cord blood from newborns is saving lives. The news is welcome as cord blood contains stem cells that have been used for the treatment of more than 80 diseases, including leukemia. It is much easier than bone marrow transplants because it has nowhere near the same degree of tissue matching. Additionally, the readily available and easily obtainable fluid from infants can be collected without any invasive procedures, unlike bone marrow.
A man who spent his career delivering babies has now been saved by one. Read about it here: http://www.wral.com/obstetrician-with-leukemia-is-helped-by-cord-blood-transplant/13820978/