The bill to create an umbilical cord blood bank in Connecticut passed unanimously in the House today and moves to the governor’s desk.

Cord blood stem cells have been used to treat leukemia patients whose bond marrow was destroyed by radiation and chemotherapy. They’ve also been used to treat other cancers and genetic diseases that affect the immune system.

The bill creates a committee to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a public cord blood and placental tissue bank. The material would be donated by maternity patients at hospitals across the state.

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