Umbilical Stem Cell Bank

A Catholic university in Italy is opening a stem cell bank. Starting Jan. 12, donors were able to contribute blood from

umbilical cords. The blood contains stem cells which, when developed, can become tissue, cartilage, or blood vessels, even regenerating human organs.

Use of umbilical cord blood avoids the ethical problems posed by using cloned human embryos as spare parts, according to Zenit news service. The bank, the first of its kind in Italy and a pioneer in Europe, will be housed at the Catholic University of Rome.