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Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act

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 for transplant.
  • 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.

Already the results of this bill are clear as more donors are finding banks that accept their cord blood units.