What are the advantages of Stem Cells from Cord Blood?
- Stem cells isolated from Cord blood is more useful and easier to isolate.
- Stem cells from cord blood can be readily isolated from placenta at the time of childbirth.
- Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow is difficult when compared to cord blood as the procedure involves surgery.
- Cord blood can be stored and transplanted back into the same donor, to a family member or to an unrelated recipient.
- Stem cell rejection is less during when using cord blood as cord blood has not been involved in an immune reaction.
- Banked stem cells from cord blood are more readily available and are very useful for patients with leukemia, anemia, and immune deficiency.
- Cord blood has a greater capacity to produce high number of new blood cells compared to bone marrow stem cells.