Cord blood banking is a beneficial procedure that offers a treatment option for over 70 different
diseases. Currently, researchers are working hard to find new uses for cord blood stem cells,
expanding its potential and providing treatment for a wider range of diseases.
At the moment, researchers are looking for ways to use cord blood stem cells to treat neurological
disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Several clinical trials using cord blood to treat Cerebral Palsy are currently underway, and the FDA has recently approved a cord blood trial for children
with Autism. Should cord blood stem cells prove effective in treating these disorders, millions of
individual could potentially benefit.
Another potential use for cord blood stem cells is for the growth of new organs. Across North
America, thousands of patients die every year waiting for organ transplants – and doctors hope to
change this by using stem cells to grow organs. Doctors have successfully created live cells and have started growing heart valves using stem cells; so, the pursuit shows great promise.