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Schumer Pushes Centers to Collect Valuable Umbilical Cord Blood

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – US Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for new legislation that would use natural medical waste from the birth of babies for medical cures.

Researchers say umbilical cord blood is an important source of stem cells. It's only in the experimental stages, but being used to help treat life threatening diseases like cancer.

When a woman gives birth, the cord blood is often discarded. Senator Schumer says there are not enough centers to store the cord blood. There are only 20 sites in the country, with the closest to Western New York in New York City.

Schumer at appeared at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Monday calling on the federal government to establish donation centers around the US.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear a report from WBFO's Eileen Buckley.