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An infant's umbilical cord contains blood, and it is attached to the placenta. The cord tissue, blood, and placenta are rich sources of stem cells. Stem cells are currently used in transplant medicine to heal ailments from cancer to sports injuries.
Not all stem cells are built the same. There are 3 different types of stem cells Anja uses from collected material.
The first is hematopoietic stem cells, which are found in the cord blood. These cells are the origin for all cells in the blood, including red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, etc. The cord blood is rich with these cells, and can treat many blood-related conditions, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, and Leukemia.
The second is mesenchymal stem cells, which are found in the cord tissue. These cells are the origin for cells in the bones, cartilage, and muscle. These cells can treat many organ and tissue related problems, such as diabetes, liver disease, lung cancer, and even sports injuries. An increasing number of professional athletes are using stem cells to treat various bone and muscle-related injuries. Mesenchymal stem cells are found in the cord tissue, hence the important of additionally banking the umbilical cord.
The third is amniotic epithelial cells, which are found in the placenta. These are found in the placenta, and their applications are still being tested in clinical trials. Currently, they are used to treat eye conditions and wounds.
When considering what banking package you chose, it is important to consider the more stem cells available for use, the more effective the treatment could potentially be. Additionally, these infant stem cells cannot be retro-actively collected. You have an amazing opportunity. Anja helps you get it right.