Umbilical Cords – Unlimited Stem Cell Source?

Umbilical Cords – Unlimited Stem Cell Source?

Canadian researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto have found that the umbilical cord, which is usually discarded after the cord blood has been harvested for future use, in fact has the potential to become a “virtually inexhaustible” source of mesenchymal stem cells that could help researchers avoid the ethical debate surrounding embryonic stem cells.

Test tube and live mice experiments showed that the mesenchymal stem cells are capable of inducing bone and cartilage growth, as well as hastening skin wound healing, the researchers said.

At a recent international conference, the perception was that “Toronto is one of the hotbeds of stem-cell research.”

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