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North Dakota is one of just a few states that bans human cloning and embryo research and is among the top 10 states for pro-life laws; however, North Dakota also has several stem cell and cord blood banks. Stem cell banks retrieve cells from living patients and freeze them in liquid nitrogen. There are both private banks, where clients pay a fee to have their cells frozen for future use by themselves or a family member, and public banks, where cord blood and other cells can be donated for use by anyone in need of healthy stem cells.

Stem cell banking has become common practice around the world for treatment of a variety of diseases, including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even for cosmetic treatments. ...

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