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« on: June 30, 2008, 09:37:56 PM »

Are stem cell transplants from cord blood safe?
    Yes, in fact doctors have been using these types of stem cells for over 40 years.  The National institute of Health (NIH) has stated that they have seen no cases of cancer or other health issues in relation to this type of transplant.

What is a cord blood?

    Cord blood is collected for the baby’s Umbilical Cord after birth.  Beike Bio-Tech has performed thousands of these types of collections.  All cord blood is tested for infections and possible abnormalities prior to use.

Cell Therapy
    Cell therapy can be defined as a group of new techniques, or technologies, that rely on replacing diseased or dysfunctional cells with healthy, functioning ones. The goal is for the healthy cells to become integrated into the body and begin to function like the patient's own cells. 

    Bone marrow transplants are an example of cell therapy in which the stem cells in a donor's marrow are used to replace the blood cells of the victims of leukemia and other cancers. 

    Cell therapy is also being used in experiments to graft new skin cells to treat serious burn victims, and to grow new corneas for the sight-impaired.   

    With the use of cell therapies, there may soon be cures for cancer, Parkinson's, diabetes, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, macular degeneration and a host of other diseases.

Why are stem cells important from a medical perspective?
    For decades, researchers have been studying the biology of stem cells to figure out how development works and to find new ways of treating health problems. Because stem cells can give rise to any tissue found in the body, they provide nearly limitless potential for medical applications.

    Current studies are researching how stem cells may be used to prevent or cure diseases and injuries such as Parkinson’s disease, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, spinal cord injury, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, burns, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, vision, and hearing loss. Stem cells could also be used someday to replace or repair tissue damaged by disease or injury.

Umbilical Cord Stem Cells
    Umbilical Stem Cells are harvested from the umbilical cord blood of full term healthy babies whose mothers have chosen to donate the cords. One umbilical cord only provides approximately 300,000 stem cells.  This amount is far below what is needed for a transplant. To increase the number of cells scientists put them though a process known as expansion.  The cord blood is cleansed of all blood products leaving only stem cells.  These cells are then put though the process known as expansion. The cells are swabbed onto a growth medium contained within a Petri dish.  They are then placed in a dark, warm, temperature controlled incubator and left to multiply.  This multiplication process is called expansion.  This process allows the cells to expand in number to meet the needs necessary for transplantation. Once the expansion is done the Stem Cells are put though a process known as magnetic washing.  This removes all the growth media leaving only the desired stem cells.  The cells are then transferred into vials and frozen until needed.

    Now for the really cool part!  Let’s say you’ve got your 300,000 stem cells and you want those to eventually become brain cells of some sort (white matter). You can alter the growth medium by adding certain chemical factors to it to encourage these stem cells to become white matter.  When you are mixing up the growth medium you simply add certain chemicals to it.  Then when you swab the cells onto the medium as they expand they are actually consuming the growth medium for “food” and with it the special chemical growth factors you mixed into the medium when you cooked it up.  So when it is all said and done you have just stacked the deck in your favor. You have now added into the stem cells certain growth factors that will encourage them to become white matter. 

    The hUCSCs (human umbilical cord stem cells) are grown in bags containing the growth medium -- nutrients, growth factors and a small bit of antibiotic to preclude bacterial contamination -- and not Petri dishes. No animal products or feeder cells are involved, thus no risk of contamination with nonhuman proteins nor infection with animal viruses.

Any questions???  Please ask questions in our forum or add to our "frequently asked question" section.  We will be glad to answer your questions.
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