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Storing Cord Blood

5 March 2014
Storing Cord Blood

Storing Cord Blood

The baby’s life inside the uterus is connected to the placenta through the umbilical cord. Placenta is the organ which provides the transaction of nutrition and oxygen between the mother and the baby. This organ completes its function right after birth and is discharged from the uterus. After birth, the blood left between the placenta and the cord is called “cord blood”. The special characteristic of this blood is that it is different from the blood in the baby’s veins and it contains stem cells which are used in blood production. Stem cell resources, other than that of the cord blood, to be used for stem cell transplantation include bone marrow and peripheral blood (in our arms). The most important feature of stem cells is their ability to turn into any tissue or organ when right conditions are provided. The aim of storing cord blood is that it provides an option for the treatment of probable severe diseases during a child’s growth. Another, maybe a more important reason is that in the future cord blood banks are thought to be founded and with the consent of the stem cell owners, blood stored there will be used for people in need according to their tissue type.

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