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Enhanced Collection of Cold HSCs

The limited numbers of cord blood hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) collected at birth remains a critical limiting factor in the use of cord blood for HSC transplantation. Now, researchers led by Hal E. Broxmeyer and Maegan L. Capitano (Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA) demonstrate that collecting and processing cord blood at 4°C leads to the attainment of significantly enhanced numbers of cord blood HSCs. For more about this simple and cost‐effective strategy, see STEM CELLS now!