Labels help cord blood researchers

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A series of unique Computype labels—combining transparent and color sections—are helping the New York Blood Center identify clusters of stem cells with disease-fighting potential. The New York Blood Center has led the way in cord blood collection and research since efforts began in this area of therapy in the late 1980s. In fact, the first US-based cord blood bank was opened at the NYBC in 1992.

Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells—immature cells which can help patients in the treatment of a number of diseases including leukemia, sickle cell disease, and Hodgkin’s disease, as well as aiding the recovery of transplant patients.

The New York Blood Center, and its National Cord Blood Program, conducts cell culture assays to test the functionality of cord blood progenitor cells on all cord blood samples. Uniquely-numbered labels from Computype are playing a critical role in documenting the results and ensuring the results are linked to the correct cord blood unit. The labels combine areas that are transparent—to allow the researcher to see everything in the Petri dish—with areas that are color-coded—to indicate which specific researcher worked on that culture. Individual barcode labels encode the date and other sample-specific data.

[This case study contains information originally printed in “aaBB News,” April, 2009, and is used with the kind permission of aaBB and the New York Blood Center.]