January 15, 2016

Umbilical cord blood researchers are continually discovering new ways that stem cells collected by cord blood services can be utilized in human treatments. One of the unique properties of these cells is their ability to differentiate into different cell types, which means cells taken from cord blood can be used as the “building blocks” for the growth of other cells in the human body.

Recently, researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, associated with Harvard University and Harvard’s School of Engineering, discovered a way to use stem cells to create bone cells. This groundbreaking research could be extremely useful in regeneration of human bones that are in need of healing.

This research was led by David Mooney, a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute. Mooney was quoted as saying that the recent work provides new insight into the biology of regeneration, allowing researchers to design materials that actively promote the regeneration of tissue. This research was published in Nature Materials on November 30, 2015.

While this research is still ongoing, it is further evidence of the numerous uses of cord blood that are being discovered. Though it is a relatively new field of medicine first discovered in the 1980s, cord blood has a long track record of being useful in the treatment of more than 80 diseases. CariCord’s public cord blood banking service, the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank, has released 700+ units of cord blood for use at 120 treatment centers across the globe.

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