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Vol 21 No 12 Dec 16/Jan 17

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 7: 2016

Edited by: Daniel Clarry, Christopher Sargeant
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The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversies in Medical Law

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ISBN13: 9781138840881
To be Published: January 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

This book explores the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise from the procurement, storage and use of stem cells derived from the umbilical cord of new-born infants. Karen Devine traces the emergence of umbilical cord blood (UCB) as a biological resource of potential therapeutic value, and introduces the medical researchers, practitioners and patients that fought to prove its worth.

The book examines the perceived risk and rewards of the collection and storage process, and maps the national and international regulatory framework within which cord blood use currently operates. Devine exposes the dichotomy that exists between public and private cord blood banking systems and potential ownership rights to cells, and explores alternative methods of cell production that offer a comparable utility.

The book will be of great use and interest to scholars and students of medical law, bioethics, and medical research and practice.

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Medical Law
1. Introducing the issues
2. The risks of cord blood collection and storage
3. The rise of the cord blood industry
4. Cord blood and the role of informed consent in law
5. Cord blood, the standard of care in negligence and the law on risk disclosure
6. Cord blood ownership