Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different types of cells in the body. They serve as a repair system for the organism. There are two main types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells
Stem cells differ from the other cells of the body in three ways:
- They can divide and renew themselves for a long time
- They are not specialized, so they can not fulfill specific functions in the body
- They have the potential to become specialized cells, such as muscle cells, blood cells and brain cells
Doctors and scientists are enthusiastic about stem cells because they could help in many different areas of health and medical research. The study of stem cells can help explain how serious diseases such as cancer and birth defects occur. One day stem cells could be used to create cells and tissues for the treatment of many diseases. Examples include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.
We, concerned about the current and future health and well-being of your baby, offer the possibility of collecting umbilical cord blood that contains stem cells that could serve, in cases of necessity, to obtain cells that could create new tissues for diseases that science it is investigating and perfecting its use.