The recently passed Stem
Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 is ground breaking
legislation that provides $79,000,000
dollar to fund and create a diverse cord blood bank that
has 150,000 units from which patients needing a stem cell
transplant can search and find a match.
This bill was passed 431-1 in the House of Representatives
and was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.
Additional elements to the bill:
- Reauthorizes the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)
through 2010 with $28,000,000 in 2006 and $32,000,000
each year after that.
- Develops a coordinated search system where physicians can search simultaneous
for both cord blood and bone marrow stem cell units and select the best unit
- Supports research by requiring participating cord blood
banks to provide units not suitable for the 150,000 inventory
do to size or other reasons to researchers and research
labs to work on advancing the science.
the results of this bill are clear as more donors are finding
that accept their cord blood units.