The Crimson Tide

So, apparently, there is a menstrual blood bank. Cyro-Cell, a cord blood company, has just launched a controversial service for women who want to store their own stem cells taken from their period blood, in hopes that medical advances will enable stem cells to cure certain diseases like cancer. Women are sent a "discreet" collection kit, which includes a menstrual cup and collection tubes. (Yuck.) Anyway for $499, Cyro-Cell will process your cells and store them for a year, but some experts believe that it's too early to tell if menstrual stem cells are going to be "therapeutically viable," and that selling this service, with such iffy science backing it up, is simply preying upon women's fears. [BBC News]