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Life on earth (biological concepts from the non-science major perspective)

Eight years ago the doctor asked if we wanted to save (can't remember if it was to froze or not) the blood from the umbilical cord from our daughter. His explanation was that it was full of good stuff and we could save it.

Here is my question:

How long can the stuff in the umbilical cord be saved for? Are there any definite time limits?

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The umbilical cord blood contains stem cells. These are cells that can be used to re-establish someone's bone marrow, for example if ...