Human stem cells may be present in a variety of adult tissue forms, including bone marrow, umbilical cord blood, dental pulp tissue, adipose (fat) tissue, menstrual blood, synovial fluid, and more. The stem cells isolated from these adult tissues have the capacity to differentiate (mature into) a wide range of other cell forms, making them potentially useful in treating a wide range of diseases. QC Kinetix (Round Rock)

For more than 20 years, stem cells from bone marrow and umbilical cord blood have been used widely in the therapeutic arena to treat a number of diseases; in particular, umbilical cord blood may now be used to treat nearly 80 separate diseases, including tumours, blood disorders such as anaemia, metabolic disorders, and more. The medicinal uses of umbilical cord blood have developed by leaps and bounds since it was first believed that cord blood might only be used to combat a few diseases 20 years ago. Other origins of these cells have recently been identified and are now being studied in clinical studies for Type 1 Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS, heart failure, stroke, and cosmetic applications.

Apart from their ability to cure a multitude of diseases, the most remarkable thing about these cells is that they can be collected from an organism using relatively minimally intrusive techniques and cryogenically frozen (at -321 F) and preserved for decades before a disease manifests or they are required for cell-based therapies. GeneCell International is one of the stem cell banks in the United States and around the world that process and cryogenically preserve stem cells for potential use. The FDA, as well as many other regulating agencies, oversee and monitor facilities in the United States to guarantee the efficacy of these cellular therapies.

Why aren’t these cells being banked by everyone? The bulk of the time, I’ve found that people are ignorant of stem cell banking, and others have never yet heard of it. The majority of people are unaware that they have stem cells in their bodies, and they conclude that stem cells can only originate from human embryos since that is what is often mentioned in politics and the press. This is not the case, though. These cells are present in adults, and they do not raise any legal, ethical, or political concerns. Through this knowledge, you will make a more educated choice that might save your life.