Until recently, once given birth, the baby’s umbilical cord ended up straight in the bin and was simply thrown away. Now, however, families have the opportunity to choose the umbilical cord banking and thus to preserve a valuable resource for the medicine of the future.
Stem cells banking consists of collecting cord blood and tissue, isolating and cryogenizing the stem cells contained in them and storing these samples in tanks of liquid nitrogen.
One might wonder why to store umbilical cord stem cells, and the answer is very simple. Scientific research has demonstrated the value and potential of stem cells, which have the ability to recreate tissues, repair the body and regenerate wounds.
But how can umbilical cord stem cells change someone’s life?
- Cord blood stem cells (haematopoietic) are used to treat over 80 diseases, including various forms of cancer, blood disorders, and immune and metabolic system disorders.
- Cord tissue stem cells (mesenchymals) are used for the regeneration of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and various organs, as well as for the treatment of cerebral palsy and autism, diabetes and heart failure.
- They are the basis of regenerative medicine, a new branch of science that deals with the development of innovative and advanced therapies aimed at the structural and functional restoration of damaged organs and tissues. The preservation of cord blood stem cells therefore allows the use of one’s own samples to treat in the future all sorts of conditions not yet treatable or under study.
Preserving your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells not only offers the opportunity to fight against many diseases, but also the chance to benefit from continuous new scientific discoveries and future applications.
If you are interested in private preservation with Nescens Swiss Stem Cell Science, find out more about stem cell banking here.