Umbilical Stem Cells

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Umbilical Stem Cells

Banking Umbilical Stem Cells

Every cell in the body starts as a stem cell. A stem cell is a cell without a 'job'. Meaning that it can become a different body part depending on the signals it receives. Once a stem cell begins to receive signals, then certain genes are 'turned on' based on the signal. Once these genes are functioning, the cell then differentiates, thus becoming what the signals and genes are telling it to be.

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Although umbilical stem cells are at an early stage, they are not the youngest or most versatile stem cells available. They are, however very useful in many areas of research or medicine to help cure or repair damaged body tissues. Stem cells are the building blocks of all tissue in the body.

Prior to umbilical cord stem cells, there come early embryonic stem cells. These are the most versatile, meaning that they are in the earliest stages of development. They are called totipotent because they can become any kind or type of cell in the human body. Seven days following fertilization, blastocyst embryonic stem cells are seen.

These are referred to as pluripotent because they can become most any kind or type of cell in the body, but because they are older, they do have some limitations. Fetal stem cells fall under this same category.

The stem cells discussed above are all stem cells that are developing prior to full-term delivery of a newborn. This makes harvesting them, to some, a problem. Following delivery of the child you will have umbilical stem cells.

These are considered multipotent because they have the potential to become different cell types, although their versatility is very limited compared to the younger stem cells. These cells are genetically related to the child and this limits their range of cell type. The oldest stem cells are termed adult stem cells and are considered multipotent also.

Because of the number of ailments that can be helped with stem cells, blood banking has gained great popularity. When a new born is delivered the Umbilical Stem Cells remain in the umbilicus, that is removed from the infant, and the placenta.

Instead of discarding this, as was the practice for many years, it can be saved and sent to a lab that is willing to save and store the umbilical stem cells. Usually this has to be decided in advance of the delivery and there is a cost attached to it. Many new parents are opting for this type of banking in case the child needs these stem cells in the future.

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New Cord Blood Stem Cells Therapy

By Greg White
Cord blood stem cells are human cells that have the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. These cells come from umbilical cord blood that can be saved after the birth of a baby. Similar to embryonic stem cells, which are very controversial, the cord blood stem cells are much easier to obtain and are readily available. The cells are taken from umbilical cord blood and can be grown outside the body in a laboratory.

Cord Blood Storage and Why

By Melvin Ngiam
Cord blood storage is the cryogenically (freezing in liquid nitrogen) of umbilical or adult cord blood and storing the blood at either a public or private blood bank. Those that choose a private blood bank consider this, in a sense, as similar to insurance: setting aside a perfect match of blood cells should their child, or immediate member of the family (if a matching blood type), should need a transfusion or bone marrow transplant in the future. Storing blood has both positive and negative factors, thus should be considered carefully.

Adult Stem Cells to Fix Fractures

By Wayne Channon
A new study presented in San Fransisco in the United States of America by Froilan Granero-Molto has revealed that adult stem cells can help improve healing of broken bones and could eventually serve as a new treatment for the ten to twenty percent of fractures that are unsuccessful in healing. The lack of fracture fix often leads to several surgeries, long periods of immobilization, pain, bone deformities, and sometimes worse with death.

The Value of Banking Both Placenta and Umbilical Cord Blood

By Jack M Patterson
Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of potentially lifesaving stem cells, and banking it can be a sound investment toward a family's health. Banking additional stem cells from the placenta can increase the amount of stem cells available for transplant.

The Wonders of Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant

By Melvin Ngiam
A Stem Cell transplant can really do wonders when treating patients whose stem cells are weakened or extirpated by some chronic or genetic disease. Stem Cells have the ability to multiply their type and recreate other cell types like red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. There are various sources of stem cells, today. Bone Marrow was considered as the primary source of stem cells till other sources were discovered.

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