In a paper “Umbilical cord blood stem cells – hopes and reality” written by Professor Tadeusz Robak, PhD and Anna Korycka MD of the Chair and Clinic of Haematology, Łódź Medical University, authors present a summary of hitherto existing research on cord blood stem cells.
Abstract: In an illustrative article, authors discuss stem cell properties, noting their ability to multiply inside the recipient’s body as well as the ability to differentiate into different tissue cells. This last property gives the possibility to use cord blood stem cells to repair damaged muscle tissue (heart stroke) and nervous tissue. The article summarizes results of cord blood treatment of haematopoietic system cancers and some heritable metabolism disorders. It also presents the results of in-vitro stem cell expansion. The operation of public and commercial cord blood banks is discussed.