Umbilical cord blood present at birth contains a type of non-controversial stem cell. Called hematopoietic stem cells or HSCs, these stem cells can be used to treat up to 80 different conditions, including a range of childhood blood diseases and cancers. There are stem cells present within the umbilical cord tissue called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Stem and progenitor cells are also present in a range of other birth tissues, including placental blood and tissue and amniotic fluid and tissue.
The collection and storage of stem cells from cord blood is called cord blood banking and the companies that store these cells are called cord blood banks. In this way, many cellular “gifts” can be collected during a live birth. These valuable cells can then be stored for future therapeutic use by the child, the family, or the public at large.
If the medical discovery of stem cells from cord blood interests you, read on to learn about its latest developments. [Read more…]