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Fetal Blood Research: A Brief Perspective on the Present, Past, and Future of This Exciting Field

  • Niranjan Bhattacharya
  • Sanjukta Bhattacharya
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Abstract

All over the world, millions of people are saved every year as a result of blood transfusions. At the same time, many, particularly in developing countries, still die because of an inadequate supply of safe blood and blood products. A reliable supply of safe blood is essential to improve health standards at several levels, especially among women and children, and particularly in the poorer sections of society anywhere in the world. Half a million women still die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, and 99 % of these are in developing countries. Hemorrhage accounts for 25 % of the complications and is the most common cause of maternal death. Malnutrition, thalassemia, and severe anemia are prevalent diseases in children which require blood transfusion, apart from other complicated diseases.

Keywords

Cord Blood Fetal Blood Adult Blood Safe Blood Cord Blood Bank 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Regenerative Medicine and Translational ScienceCalcutta School of Tropical Medicine and STM Cord Blood BankKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of International RelationsJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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