Kansas Senator Sam Brownback is cosponsoring a bill to establish a national cord stem cell program.
The legislation would set up a board of directors to monitor a nationwide network of cord blood stem cell banks. Cord cell blood stem cells are used to treat a variety of diseases.
The board, to be named by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, would be responsible for assuring genetic diversity in the network and keeping existing banks in compliance.
Last year Brownback held a Senate subcommittee hearing that included an appearance by Keone Penn, 16, who underwent a
successful cord blood stem cell transplant for sickle-cell anemia six years ago.