Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University and the affiliated Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a solid reputation for their work on stem cell research. Much of the work is carried out through the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM). Stem cell specialists such as Anthony Atala, Kent Vrana, and Yuan Yuan Zhang are working on research projects that increase the understanding of stem cells and that have the potential for opening up new possibilities for stem cell therapies. Like Duke University, another North Carolina institution, Wake Forest is placing stem cells derived from amniotic fluid and placentas into the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank (CCBB) so that a child’s own cord blood can be used if a child develops an illness ...

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