How Long Can Cord Blood Be Frozen?

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Cord blood can ostensibly be stored forever in liquid nitrogen, but cord blood studies have only been conducted since the 1970s, so the accuracy of such a prediction is in question. Learn about cord blood collection facilities with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and childbirth.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse in Austin, Texas and I'm going to be talking to you about how long cord blood can be stored. So cord blood is taken at delivery. Once the doctor clamps the cord and takes it from the placenta, a representative from either a private or public cord blood collection facility will come and take the blood and take it to the facility where it's separated from the stem cells and the other blood products and then the stem cells are stored cryogenically, which means it's frozen in liquid nitrogen and can be stored for forever. But, studies have only been done since the nineteen-seventies and so we're not really sure for how long forever can be, as far as we know, it can be stored for forever, and so that is how long the cord blood can be stored.

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