Harvesting Stem Cells From Menstrual Blood

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Umbilical cord stem cells have been used to treat a number of illnesses including lymphoma, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, neuroblastoma and other serious ailments. There were actually more than 10,000 transplants worldwide where these stem cells were used. Although these stem cells are readily available, easy to collect and cryopreserve (freeze), they can only be collected at birth and do not carry the sufficient number of stem cells required for transplantation to treat a fully grown adult. These issues have led scientists to focus on identifying new ways to enhance cord blood stem cells.

Recently, it was announced in a CryoCell Press Release that using harvested cells from menstrual blood and adding them to the cord blood cells significantly increases the number of progenitor cells. The progenitor are cells that grow into mature blood cells. This expansion technique greatly helps in providing a larger supply of stem cells for transplantation and could broaden its therapeutic use.

Celle, a new service introduced by Cryo-Cell is the first and only service that allows women to collect and preserve menstrual blood, which contains undifferentiated adult stem cells that can be utilized for future use by the donor and the donor’s close relatives. Cryo-Cell is doing more research with skilled scientists to expand the possibilities of regenerative therapeutic development.

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  1. Rebecca Says:

    This is the best news I’ve heard all day. Period.

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