Umbilical cord blood banks in Spain. Units stored are 10% of the total number worldwide

Increase in applications of cord blood cells in treatment of various diseases (see HERE) encourage parents The key factors encouraging expectant parents to preserve cord blood include the vast rise in the rate of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, the vast advancements in...
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Cells from human umbilical cord blood revitalized part of aged rats’ brain

Cord blood stem cells revitalized part of the brain in aged rats. Umbilical cord blood is known to contain stem cells that can be used for different clinical objectives  (see HERE), especially in the promotion of cell banks. Now, a new possibility for the use of umbilical cord...

Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant successfully applied in a child with cerebral palsy

The boy had developed cerebral palsy following a cardiac arrest. When he was a normally developed two-and-a-half-year-old, he suffered global cerebral anoxia that led to a vegetative state. Nine weeks later, he received a transfusion of stem cells from his own umbilical cord...

Umbilical cord blood banks. What is the ideal type?

Since umbilical cord blood banks were first used for stem cell transplants, their number has been increasing permanently worldwide. There are currently three types of umbilical cord blood banks: public, private and mixed. In the public banks, samples are at the disposal of any...

Cord blood use in regenerative medicine

Everyone is aware of the importance of umbilical cord blood cells  , and especially the importance that they could have in the future in regenerative and reparatory medicine. Cells from cord blood use in regenerative medicine is very useful but, one problem at present it that...

Eggs and sperm could be produced from female blood samples

The journal Science has published an interesting article  by a Japanese group, led by Mitonori Saitou, which describes the production of oogonia from female blood cells. According to Carlos Simón, an expert in this area (see HERE ), “a mature oocyte has not yet been obtained,...

Premature vascular aging and high blood pressure in children born by IVF

IVF children risks in the rise The possible negative effects of assisted reproduction techniques (see HERE), for mother and child, must be informed by Clinics to their eventual clients. According to an article, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Placide Nicod...

Can HIV-discordant couples have healthy children?

Possibility of avoiding transmission and having a healthy child As stated in an article published in Human Reproduction , a fundamental aspect to take into account in the reproductive counseling that may be given to a HIV-discordant couple (a couple in which one of the members is...

FDA wins major victory in campaign against stem cell clinics that marketing bogus and potentially hazardous products

One bioethical issue our Observatory is following is the proliferation of clinics offering stem cell treatments, many of which do not meet the necessary quality requirements. We published our first article on this problem in 2017 (see HERE and also North America’s two cell...

Bioethical approach of “Medicine babies” or saviour siblings as therapeutic remedy for his older brother or sister

“Saviour sibling”  will always be considered as a therapeutic remedy for his older brother or sister  Saviour siblings new term. Just when the controversy over the production of “medicine babies” seems to have almost passed — since the establishment of umbilical cord blood banks...