ADVANTAGES OF CORD BLOOD
1. It means immediate availability of matching stem cells
for your child, eliminating the need to search for a suitable
bone marrow donor.
Cord blood has a better chance of being used by a sibling
of the same parents - considerably higher than a bone marrow
Increased safety. Cord blood transplants have resulted in
a significantly lower incidence of life-threatening side effects,
which occur in a large percentage of bone marrow transplantations.
Cord blood stem cells are especially suited for use in gene
therapy. Already, through gene therapy, cord blood cells have
been used to cure children born with SCIDS, otherwise known
as the “bubble boy” disease. Researchers are optimistic about
similar treatments for AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.