What Are Cord Blood And Stem Cells

By JustMommies staff

 

Cord blood refers to the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and in the placenta after it is separated from the newborn following childbirth. Typically, the umbilical cord and placenta (also known as the afterbirth) are discarded after a child is born. The blood found in these organs is rich in a special cell type called stem cells. Not only do stem cells have the ability to generate all types of blood cells, but they can be used to treat a variety of life-threatening diseases, including leukemia, other cancers, blood and immune disorders and, more recently, sickle cell anemia.

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