Banking Stem Cells – Mission Statement
This web site is a practical guide for those considering saving stem cells through a stem cell banking service. Furthermore, while it is advisable to become active in the learning and decision making process regarding your own health care, none of the information discussed within this site is recommended and should not be acted upon without the advice of a your primary care physician or other licensed health care provider.
What is a Stem Cell Anyway?
A stem cell is much like an artist’s blank canvas that has yet to be created. Stem cells have no programming which means they are undifferentiated and can develop and divide into other cells. This leaves endless possibilities for medical treatment. Since stem cells can be harvested from certain parts of the body, such as cord blood stem cells, there is a need for storing or “banking stem cells”.
Banking Stem Cells
Banking stem cells is a process where harvested stem cells are stored in a controlled environment and used later for medical treatment. One of the big draws of stem cell banking is the potential of stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is currently in the early stages of development and the future of medical treatment hangs in the balance.
One of the most common types of stem cell banking is banking cord blood. Expecting parents are often presented with the option of banking stem cells from cord blood and will have questions and concerns about the process. Cord blood is rich with stem cells and can be harvested without danger to mother or baby if done correctly.
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