Cord Blood Cells Function Like Embryonic Stem Cells

December 18, 2009 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Umbilical Cord Blood Made to Function Like Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers at the Salk Institute successfully reprogrammed cord blood cells to function like embryonic stem cells. The institute’s study results are significant because they identify cord blood as a convenient source of versatile stem cells with theoretically limitless potential. Read more

 Data Presented on Treating Brain Injury in Children with Their Own Cells

New research presented at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2009 Annual Meeting demonstrated improvements in children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who received infusions of their bone marrow stem cells.

This research has direct relevance for individuals with access to their own cord blood stem cells. A growing body of evidence suggests that cord blood stem cells have distinct advantages over other sources of stem cells and can potentially play a role in repairing central nervous system injuries. Read more

Cord Blood Stem Cell Research and Spina Bifida

The CBR Center for Regenerative Medicine is working to identify any clients who may have a child diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States and occurs when the spine of the baby fails to close during the first months of pregnancy.

We need to emphasize that though there is interest in incorporating stem cells into the treatment of Spina Bifida, at this time, we are not aware of any U.S. clinical trial in development. However, we are committed to keeping you informed about any potential clinical trial opportunities. If you have a child diagnosed with Spina Bifida and would like to be notified in the event that a researcher is considering a trial and interested in contacting you, we encourage you to register with CBR’s Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Source: www.cordblood.com, http://blog.cordblood.com

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