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The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversies in Medical Law

Devine, Karen (2017) The Umbilical Cord Blood Controversies in Medical Law. Biomedical Law and Ethics Library . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 205 pp. ISBN 978-1-138-84088-1. E-ISBN 978-1-315-73259-6. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:60486)

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Abstract

Since the therapeutic value of umbilical cord blood (UCB) stem cells was first recognised in the late 1980s, there has been a proliferation of both public and private UCB banks worldwide. However, the ability to utilise such a potentially valuable resource has provoked a number of controversies. In a distinctly accessible style, this book unpacks the socio-legal implications of the UCB collection process and constructs a detailed analysis of the law and ethics that surrounds UCB banking in the UK, including ownership of the cells. Its enquiry is located within the theoretical framework of altruism versus self-interest and explores the notions of risk and choice associated with this distinctive blend of public/private healthcare provision. The book evaluates the impact of the Human Tissue Act 2004 and the European Union Tissues and Cells Directive (2004/23/EC) on the UCB industry and provides a unique insight into the effect that the law may have on the NHS whose maternity staff and premises are used to collect UCB. This book would be of interest primarily to a UK readership in addition to expectant families, health professionals, students, academics, practitioners and the UCB industry elsewhere in the world.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: umbilical cord blood, UCB, stem cells, Human Tissue Act 2004
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2017 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:43 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60486 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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