New source for life saving stem-cells - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/20/09

New source for life saving stem-cells

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A study published in the Journal Experimental Biology and Medicine says experts have found a new source for potentially life-saving stem cells.

We already know the umbilical cord can be used to harvest stem cells for blood disorders like sickle cell anemia, but there are a limited number of cells there. Now, a new study finds the placenta also provides stem cells, but in a much greater supply.

Researchers at Children's Hospital in Oakland have found that you can even extract and grow a healthy supply of stem cells from placentas that are discarded anyway after birth. The researchers have developed a method to safely harvest placental stem cells and their patent is pending.

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