What are stem cells?

Stem cells are primitive multipotent  cells with the potential to self-renew, differentiate and create all types of cells that form the human organism e.g. nerves, bone, muscle, blood tissue. Cord blood also contains hematopoietic stem cells which have the potential to differentiate into:

  • Red blood cells: responsible for carrying oxygen to all body cells
  • White blood cells: involved in combating infection
  • Blood platelets: enhance the coagulation process