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The umbilical cord that forms a link between a mother and a child is the richest source of life-saving stem cells.
Main reasons to preserve umbilical cord blood and tissue during childbirth:
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High concentration of stem cells
Easy and painless procedure that is completely harmless for both the mother and the child
Modern cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen (at -196°С) allows to store stem cells for an unlimited time with practically no loss of cells.
Stored stem cells are available on request, thus notably shortening treatment time.
Stem cells, which are obtained during childbirth, are much younger than bone marrow stem cells, as they have been preserved at the very beginning of life and they have not been exposed to the harmful effects of the environment.
The amount and concentration of stem cells in cord blood and umbilical cord tissue is higher than in bone marrow and peripheral blood.
Umbilical cord blood and tissue can be easily and quickly obtained during natural childbirth or cesarean delivery. Umbilical cord blood and tissue collection procedures are simple, do not cause discomfort and are completely harmless to both the mother and the newborn.
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Scientists believe that stem cell division is limited. Umbilical cord blood and tissue stem cells, which have been collected right after childbirth have the greatest division and differentiation capabilities in comparison with other cells, which have been collected later in life.
Finding a suitable bone marrow donor can be an expensive and lengthy process, while umbilical cord blood stem cells, which have been preserved in advance, can be used at all times. In addition, the cost of umbilical cord blood or tissue stem cell collection, processing and preservation is notably cheaper than that of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells.