and cord blood
Stem cells are primitive, non-specialized cells characterized by their limitless potential to proliferate and their unique ability to differentiate into specialized cells, leading to the formation of tissues. Their properties have been used to renew or replace damaged cells. Stem cells can be harvested, among others, from umbilical cord blood.
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What are the advantages of storing umbilical cord?
- MSC's are used in medical therapeutic experiments for the treatment of such conditions as cerebral palsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or articular cartilage damage,
- MSC's may be transplanted together with umbilical cord blood cells where there is a relatively small number of hematopoietic stem cells from umbilical cord blood,
- MSC's may be used for the treatment of the entire family (tissue compatibility requirements are not as restrictive as in the case of blood).