Source: Mehr News Agency
Iran has launched the first umbilical cord blood bank in collaboration with Royan Research Institute in Iraqi province of Erbil.
Umbilical cord blood is blood that remains in the placenta and in the attached umbilical cord after childbirth. Cord blood is collected because it contains stem cells, which can be used to treat hematopoietic and genetic disorders.
Royan Stem Cell Technology company has inaugurated its first overseas umbilical cord blood bank office in Erbil, Iraq on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.
Dr. Morteza Zarrabi, the head of Royan Stem Cell Technology umbilical cord blood bank told Mehr News Agency that after we signed the letter of understanding with Iraqi official last December, and getting the proper permits, we started to work with Jyan International Hospital in Iraq for Processing and storage the umbilical cord blood in our new facility.
"Umbilical blood sampling of Iraqi children will be carried out in cooperation with Jyan Hospital, and will be sent to Tehran for processing and preservation according to international standards," he added.
Royan Stem Cell Technology launched the office with the intention of providing stem cell knowledge to the neighboring Islamic countries.
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