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Stem cells from the umbilical cord

Stem cells from the umbilical cord - young, multipotent, and unpolluted

The initial stem cell is the fertilized egg cell, and it develops into a whole human being. Stem cells proliferate and differentiate into more than 200 different cell types.

Stem cells inside our body age with us and can suffer damages from diseases and environmental influences. Stem cells from the umbilical cord are different. They are safely and easily collected right after birth by a procedure that is risk-free for mother and child. The cells are frozen by means of cryo-preservation using liquid nitrogen at approx. minus 180 degrees Celsius , where they maintain their vital properties. They do not age and remain uninfluenced by environment and diseases.

 

Stem cells from the umbilical cord

During the last three months of pregnancy, the stem cells start to migrate; they let themselves drift with the blood stream into the bone marrow. This last migration is also the reason, why the blood circulation of the unborn child contains so many viable stem cells. The umbilical cord therefore contains millions of stem cells. They can be collected easily and painless at birth and are ethically unobjectionable. Due to their high development potential, they can become a variety of cell types: All new blood cells, the body’s immune system as well as other tissues can develop out of stem cells found in the umbilical cord.

 

Advantages of stem cells from the umbilical cord

  • The collection is painless and completely safe for mother and child.
  • They are young, undamaged and unpolluted.
  • They are able to develop into a multitude of cell types.
  • The potential of their application is great and versatile – in particular with regard to growing and regenerating damaged tissue.
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Remember: Umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue can only be collected right after the birth. Consider ordering a stem cell deposit in due time to make certain that the Vita 34 collection kit will reach you in time for the birth.

 

Vita 34 is not only the largest stem cell bank in the Nordic countries, we are also the only ones licensed to collect stem cells from both the umbilical cord blood and the umbilical cord tissue. That is the reason why we can secure an optimal number of stem cells for future therapeutic purposes.

 

Stem cells from the umbilical cord are much too important to throw away

The umbilical cord, which is normally 50-60 cm long, is a unique reservoir of stem cells. It is still being disposed of at the hospital together with the afterbirth much too often. Experts estimate that up to 95 percent of all umbilical cords along with the remaining blood are thrown away unused. When the umbilical cord blood and tissue are stored, the stem cell deposit will be available as a precaution for a lifetime.

Comparison of stem cell sources

Comparison of stem cell sourcesNeonatal stem cellsAdult stem cellsEmbryonic stem cells
Ability to differentiate into different types of cellsYesYesYes
High capacity of proliferationYesNoYes
Low risk of tumor formationYesYesNo
Low risk of virus contaminationYesNoYes
Capacity for autologous graftingYesYesNo
Reliable treatment of human patientsYesYesNo
Comparison of the abilities of the different types of stem cells