The blood collected from umbilical cord of your new born baby contains young stem cells. These cells can renew themselves and turn into specialized cells. Cord blood stem cells have many miracles, which can heal the body by them self. Stem cells have been changing many lives from 30 years.
What Is Cord Blood?
Cord blood is a biological fluid which is collected from the umbilical cord of a newborn after the birth of the baby. The cord blood contains rare heamatopoietic stem cells. The collection will not threaten to either the child or mother.
Stem cell Preservation
Newborn babies come on this world with lifesavers in the form of stem cells which are packed in umbilical cord. With the latest technologies and advanced science, it became possible, for us to store or preserve stem cells banking for many decades. Stem cells can be successfully stored indefinitely and retain capability upon thaw.
Stem cells can treat over 70 diseases few of them include leukaemia, immune deficiency diseases, myelomas, sickle cell anaemia, lymphoma, thallassemia, Alzheimer’s, parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, stroke, muscular dystrophy, etc. Stem cell banking is the best way to fight back against many diseases, creating awareness among public on stem cell banking advantages.
Cord tissue along with cord blood is collected by paramedic and it is safely stored in the collection kit. It is just 10 minutes procedure; which will not cause any harm to mother and the newborn child. After a successful stem cell sample collection. All the collected specimens are stored in the vapour phase of liquid nitrogen for cryopreservation, -170 degrees Celsius.
- Testing & Processing
After collecting the sample, the sample is tested for the infectious diseases and contaminations. It includes viability, cell count and sterility of the samples. After successful positive results, the sample is moved for extraction of stem cells. The blood sample collected from the cord is processed by automated processing technique to remove the red blood cells and only the stem cells remains. Cord tissue sample is cut into small pieces for isolation by explants cell culture procedure for stem cells. Following processing, they undergo different levels of quality assessment to ensure the feasibility and purity of stem cells.
After essential quality analysis, the samples of stem cells are mixed with solution called cryogenic (cryogen is the solution which can maintain cell viability under cold state). Now, they are transferred to big cryogenic containers with contain liquid nitrogen has temperature about -150 degree Celsius to maintain cryogenic conditions below.
Advantages of stem cell banking
- Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat several life threatening diseases.
- Blood and immune system related genetic diseases, cancer and blood disorders.
- Cord blood stem cells can also be used for sibling and other family members of the family who have a matching tissue type.
- Siblings have 75% of chance of compatibility and the cord blood may even be a match for parents 50% and grandfather.