Stem Cell - Archive

April 2007: Stem Cell & Cloning Research

Umbilical Cord Blood Storage Company Sees Growth

Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Storage Resources

Arkansas House Votes to Create Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Bank

Scientists Claim They Discovered Molecule That Might Help Embryonic Stem Cells Grow

US Senate Vote for Funding for Embryo-Destructive Stem Cell Research and Use of Frozen Human Embryos for Research Planned for 11 April 2007

UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD STORAGE COMPANY for Transplants Sees Enormous Growth in the amount of cord blood it has on hand. That after Congress and state legislatures have approved bills to promote awareness of using the embryonic stem cell research alternative.

Cryobanks International's mission is to become the largest provider of cord blood stem cells for transplant and research purposes in the world and it's well on its way to fulfilling that goal.
 
With over 15,000 cord blood units processed and 9,000 listed on international registries for transplant, Cryobanks continues its push to help close the gap between patient needs and available resources of donated cord blood.
 
In recent years, cord blood transplants have become widely recognized as a safe, effective, and in many ways preferable, alternative to bone marrow transplant
 
According to Cryobanks' CEO, Dwight Brunoehler, over 35,000 American children and adults with life-threatening illnesses find themselves in need of a transplant each year. More than 150,000 people worldwide could be helped by cord blood transplants.
 
In a statement LifeNews.com received, Brunoehler said the company is committed to trying to use all cord blood it receives, including the 80% of donated units that do not meet the rigid transplant standards.
 
He said a variety of reasons including low volume, low viability, incomplete paperwork and positive bacterial fungal culturing can restrict the use of the cord blood for transplant.
 
In those cases, units that are not acceptable for transplant may be used to advance research in the field. The Florida company furnishes cord blood research units to qualified institutions as long as they are used for non-controversial and non-cosmetic purposes.
 
When it receives cord blood, the units are processed and stored by the company for use in unrelated transplants (where the donor is a histocompatible match, but is anonymous and unrelated to the recipient) and for personal storage and use.
Cryobanks International –
http://w.cryo-intl.com
[19March07, Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Altamonte Springs, FL]

 

For more detailed information about the use of Stem Cells for Medical Treatment, and Umbilical Cord Blood Collection and Banking, visit…

Benefits of Stem Cells to Human Patients
http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm
For updates on successful adult stem cell treatments, visit www/stemcellresearch.org.

The National Marrow Donor Program [marrow.org]:
Cord Blood Participating Hospitals
http://www.marrow.org/cgibin/NETWORK/nmdp_cord_blood_hospitals.pl#AL

Donating Cord Blood
http://www.marrow.org/NMDP/cord_blood_bank_list.html

The International Cord Blood Society
http://www.cordblood.org/public/insights. [http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/faqs.asp]

Resources
** American Association of Blood Banks 
www.aabb.org
** Babies for Life Foundation, (678) 937-1706,
www.babiesforlife.org, offers a streamlined process to make cord blood donation easy for you, your family, and your physician.
** Cell Dynamics, LLC
www.celldynamicsllc.com
** Cord Blood Donor Foundation  www.cordblooddonor.org 
** CryoBanks International 
www.cryo-intl.com 
** LifeBankUSA [public, also placenta donation] 1-877-LIFEBANKUSA
(1-877-543-3226)
** LifeCord (352) 224-1600
www.lifesouth.org/lifecord/lifecord.htm
[collects from Montgomery/Opelika area]
** StemCyte [private donation only]
(866) 389-4659
www.stemcytefamily.com 
** The Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Donation
www.parentsguidecordblood.org 
http://www.parentsguidecordblood.com/content/usa/banklists/index.shtml
** National Marrow Donor Program www.marrow.org
** The Caitlin Raymond International Registry
www.crir.org 
** New England Cord Blood Bank
1-888-700-2673
www.cordbloodbank.com

AR HOUSE VOTES TO CREATE UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELL BANK. The Arkansas state House voted 93-1 last week to create an umbilical cord blood bank where parents can store the cord blood from their newborn children to use down the road for treatments. The state-run bank would store blood for possible use later in transplants and stem-cell research. The legislation includes a provision that would allow taxpayers to direct part or all of their state income tax refunds to the program. Pro-life groups strongly support adult stem cell research as a more effective and ethical alternative to embryonic stem cell research. [19March07, Little Rock, AR (LifeNews.com]
 

SCIENTISTS CLAIM THEY DISCOVERED MOLECULE THAT MIGHT HELP EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS GROW [Note: A Congressional Vote on ESC research funding is pending] Scientists may have discovered a molecule that might help the growth of embryonic stem cells without using mouse feeder cells that contaminate them. The feeder cells prevent embryonic stem cells from ever being used in medical transplants.

Researchers at the University of Southern California say the newly discovered small molecule IQ-1 can prevent embryonic stem cells from differentiating into various types of cells. If they don't sort themselves into a single cell type, the embryonic stem cells and continue to grow and divide indefinitely. Embryonic stem cells are normally maintained on mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEFs) feeder layers.

If the discovered molecule works as promised, scientists will no longer be required to use the mouse feeder cells to maintaining the "pluripotency" of embryonic stem cells. Lead investigator Michael Kahn talked with UPI about the discovery and said the discovery is important if the cells are ever to be used in treating patients. "Stem cells that grow on feeders are contaminated with mouse glycoproteins markers," said Kahn. "If you use them in humans, you'd potentially have a horrible immune response." Despite the discovery, embryonic stem cell research is still nowhere close to being ready to help patients as it must still overcome rejection issues and other concerns. [21March07, LifeNews.com, Los Angeles]
[ed. This is not the first time that amazing stories supporting embryo-destructive stem cell research have emerged just prior to Congressional votes on funding for embryonic stem cell research. Afterward, all have been shown to by hype…]

 

US SENATE VOTE FOR FUNDING FOR EMBRYO-DESTRUCTIVE STEM CELL RESEARCH & USE OF FROZEN HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR RESEARCH PLANNED FOR 11 APRIL 2007 (Discussion on 10 April 2007)