April 21, 2014
The history of stem cell research dates back more than 40 years, when the first transplant took place using stem cells from bone marrow in 1968. To date, more than 1,000,000 transplants have taken place using this method. Twenty years later, in 1988, cord blood came on the scene as an alternative method of harvesting stem cells. Researchers soon found that this alternative method had some specific advantages, which set cord blood banking up to become a viable option within the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
Cord blood research continued over the years. In 2002, researchers began exploring the capabilities of stem cells found in cord blood to help the body regenerate and restore itself. A few years later, in 2005, researchers began researching the capabilities of umbilical cord stem cells for repairing damaged tissue. The first clinical trial to cure Type 1 Diabetes using a person’s own cells, which were collected at birth and stored in a cord blood registry and repository, also took place during this time.
Cord blood banking has come a long way in the past 10 years. Today, umbilical cord stem cells are used to treat more than 80 diseases. Stem cell researches are also continually evaluating new treatment options. It won’t be long before cord blood is utilized to treat and cure even more diseases than we’re currently aware of. More than 200 clinical trials have now been conducted relating to cord blood banking.
Over the last 20 years, many treatments have been conducted using stem cells found in cord blood. More than 30,000 transplants have been performed, which have saved countless lives and cured diseases for which there previously was no known cure. As you can see, cord blood stem cells have proven to be very useful within a relatively short period of time. If all of this can happen over the last 20 years, imagine what can happen in the next 20 years, as research continues to advance. This will only make cord blood banking a more popular option, as more and more parents turn to CariCord to process and store their newborn children’s umbilical cord blood cells.
If you are considering cord blood banking, contact CariCord today for a free consultation. We’ll provide the facts and benefits of cord blood banking so that you can make an informed decision.