Stem Cell Research
Research shows that the blood that comes from a baby’s umbical cord is a rich source of stem cells. Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into other tissues and blood vessels and can be used to treat a variety of diseases. Up until recently stem cells came from bone marrow, but because these were usually matured stem cells they had an increase chance of being rejected. Stem cells that are found in the umbical cord are still immature and haven’t learned to attack any foreign substances which makes them less likely to be rejected.
Research is being done that shows cord blood, and the stem cells found in this blood, could be used in the future to treat people with diabetes, heart failure, stroke and even some neurological disorders. Keep in mind that the use of stem cells is still being researched and tested thoroughly and according to researchers we are still in the early stages of understanding the full potential of stem cells.
Other benefits of stem cells is their ability to go through numerous cycles of cell division and the capacity to differentiate into specialized cell types. By doing this, using stem cells is the best option for replacing cells that have been damaged by diseases such as cancer. They are also the basis for the embryo when it first develops and are present in the umbical cord and placenta. This is why so many companies have been offering new parents not just the opportunity to donate their baby’s cord blood which is full of stem cells, but to store their baby’s cord blood privately for use of the child only or for an immediate family member.
Even though stem cell research has been a huge debate in the medical world, there is no denying all the potential benefits they offer. There have been numerous amounts of stem cell transplants that were successful and gave people a second chance at life.