Dec 14, 2017 at 20:15 o\clock

stem cell culture

According to the Indian Institute of Medicines, more than 12,000 children in the country have been administered their own cord blood and have survived without any major complications, as of end-2013. Although expectant couples are flooded with explanations of benefits of stem cell preservation, you do really know why umbilical cord banking is said to a crucial resource for saving a child’s life.

stem cell banking pros and cons

There are several stem cell banking benefits. Stem cells are new born cells that can renew themselves and have the latent ability to develop into other varieties of tissues. While several types of such cells can be extracted from the human body, the baby cells present in the umbilical cord of a new born, called Hematopoietic cells, have the best ability to develop into new Red Blood Corpuscles (RBCs). These are used to treat people with various types of diseases, including AIDS, anemia, lymphoma, leukemia, cancer and diseases related to the blood immune system. Thus, stem cell preservation can help replace diseased blood with healthy cells. Stem cell preservation can also aid the body in recuperating after treatments like radiation and chemotherapy. Studies have also shown that cord blood cells can be used to treat cerebral palsy, autism and other nervous disorders.

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