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Me Medicine vs. We MedicineReclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good$
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Donna Dickenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.001.0001

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“Your Birth Day Gift”

“Your Birth Day Gift”

Banking Cord Blood

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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine

Donna Dickenson

Columbia University Press

This chapter looks at the process and consequences of cord blood banking. Cord blood banking involves the use of stem cells from the patient’s own blood, that were manufactured by another person who gave it to the patient as a “birth day gift.” Cord blood banking is generally used for We Medicine purposes, however, it has also become a recommended part of Me Medicine. Private firms advise parents to bank cord blood for their baby’s exclusive use, suggesting that these cells could become a “spare-parts kit” for the baby due to tissue compatibility. Nevertheless, cord blood transplant works best if not done with the patient’s own cord blood but with somebody else’s—a notable example where We easily beats Me.

Keywords:   cord blood banking, personalized medicine, stem cells, We Medicine, Me medicine

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