What is cord blood

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We are doing an extensive research on cord blood for your studies so we will like to take down what we have learn for this blog. Cord blood is becoming quite an important field of medical research and we are interested to see how it can help us to preserve more lives and cure more sickness. If you are interested in this series, please bookmark us as we will continue to add to what we will be be learning over the next few months.

In this article, we will looking at what exactly is cord blood.

According to cordblood.com, cord blood is simply the leftover blood from the cut baby’s umbilical cord.  It is more valuable than other forms of blood samples because it contains a rich deposit of stem cells, which are the fundamental building blocks for the rest of the organs in our body. However,  the quality of the cord blood will deterioate over time. This is where cord blood banking comes in.

Why bank cord blood

The main function of cord blood banks is to freeze the cord blood once it is been collected to prevent deterioration of the stem cells contained in the cord blood.  Once the baby cord blood has been frozen, they will be placed in a depository environment. Once placed in these containers, they can be preserved until the time when they might be need. We hope the explaination can help you to under why store cord blood is important.

Below is an example of such a cord blood bank will look like. We did not have a chance to visit such places yet. Once we do, we will be posting lots more pictures here.

Does cord blood really work

Currently, research is underway to document whether cord blood is really effective in helping family members to elminate their illness. There are a few clinical papers that you can read up more to see what the results from these clinical trials:

Article 1: Clinical applications of stem cell transfusion from cord blood and rationale for cord blood banking.
Article 2: Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation.
Article 3: Graft-versus-host disease in children who have received a cord-blood or bone marrow transplant from an HLA-identical sibling

Just use google to find the above and you will be able to locate the articles. We will be posting more results as we hear of any more articles being published about what is umbilical cord blood and whether they are effective.

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