June 08, 2015

In what could be a major breakthrough for stem cell research and the medical community, researches have created a tested technique for growing the key working tissue in the human brain in a dish. While this does not offer complete insight into the complexity of the entire human brain, it does give scientists the ability to understand disorders of brain circuitry and an understanding of how stem cells might be used in treatment. This breakthrough in stem cell research will enable medical professionals to develop and safely test new treatment methods for individuals with different disorders of the brain, before they are applied.

These tiny 3D cerebral cortex structures that scientists are constructing via stem cell research function much like the outer mantle of the human brain from which they were derived. They have many potential uses, much like umbilical cord blood that is collected after a mother’s stages of pregnancy and used for anemia treatment or other purposes. These brain models could potentially be used to study the brain circuitry of people who suffer from different types of neurological disorders. In the future, cord blood may also play a role in this. This would give scientists the capability to engineer personalized treatments custom structured for each individual person and the disease they are suffering from, which is similar to what umbilical cord blood banking can accomplish.

In a similar manner, stem cells that are collected through umbilical cord blood banking after a mother’s pregnancy stages can be used to form new types of cells, which can be used to treat illnesses and disorders in the person they were derived from, or a close relative who is a match for receiving these cord blood cells. This amazing breakthrough in stem cell research shows us that as capabilities advance, there is essentially no ceiling to what can be accomplished. This gives expecting mothers a key incentive to store their child’s cord blood stem cells through CariCord’s private umbilical cord blood banking process once they complete their stages of pregnancy.

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