There are many ethical issues associated with stem cell research. The ICBB project uses blood taken exclusively from live and healthy, normal births. Each mother signs an informed consent acknowledging the fact that she willingly donates the placenta (which will otherwise be discarded) to ICBB. The cord blood units are stored frozen for future stem cell transplant and made available to any patient who may need it. Units that are found inadequate for transplantation are used for research.
Both the rabbinate and the medical/scientific community are solidly in support of this project. Please click below to view letters of support for ICBB's work from some of Israel's most orthodox rabbinical personalities as well as from leading theologians, political, and philanthropic personalities.
Rabbi Ovadia Yossef
Rabbi Yitzhak Silberstein