Iran has greatest bank of umbilical cord blood samples in Middle East

Mashad, Jan 11, IRNA - Managing director of the umbilical cord stem cell bank in Royan Institute said that Iran with 110,000 umbilical cord blood samples ranks first in the Middle East.

Morteza Zarrabi added on Thursday evening, “13,000 samples are related to Khorasan Razavi province, which was taken by several hospitals in Mashad and sent to Tehran for maintenance.'

He stated that 54% of the umbilical cord blood stored in Royan Institute’s blood bank was due to the birth of boys and 46% of girls, and 86% of them taken after cesarean delivery and 14% of normal births.

'Iran is now among the top 10 countries that hold stem cells,' Zarrabi added.

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