March 14, 2014
There has been much encouraging and exciting discussion about stem cell research over the last few decades, especially in recent years. With the field of regenerative medicine growing and expanding, there are more treatment options available today than ever before, and the future looks bright from here on out! With all this being said, what makes the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood unique and what is so significant about them that would warrant preserving them using a cord blood banking service?
In general, stem cells are significant and valuable because of their remarkable ability to reproduce themselves. Stem cells have the capability to multiply, self-renew, or even develop into new cells entirely. Stem cells come from different parts of the human body, but they all carry these same regenerative characteristics. They can become skin cells, bone marrow, brain cells, muscle cells, etc. Specifically, the type of stem cells often found in umbilical cord blood is the same type that is found in bone marrow. This type of stem cell is also useful in helping the immune system to heal and repair itself, which makes cord blood stem cells quite valuable and worthy of preserving in CariCord’s state-of-the-art cord blood bank.
What makes stem cells found in cord blood unique is the fact that they are not yet mature enough to carry out a specific task. Because they are found in the umbilical cords of newborn children many people refer to them as “infant” stem cells. This means that they adjust more easily when transplanted to another body for regenerative purposes. Stem cells found in cord blood are also more tolerant to mismatches and have a lower risk of transmitting viral infections. Additionally, cord blood is relatively easy to collect. The collection process poses no risk to either the mother or the child, and since the cord blood stem cells are disposed of as medical waste if they are not collected to be stored in a cord blood bank, why would you NOT want to collect them?
CariCord offers top-quality cord blood and tissue banking services in partnership with the University of Colorado Cord Blood Bank. This reputable institution has been collecting, processing and storing cord blood for seventeen years, and has supplied cord blood units that have helped cure many diseases and even save lives. This would not have been possible if cord blood was not collected from newborn children at birth. Take advantage of these unique stem cells by choosing CariCord for all of your cord blood banking needs!