What makes cord blood stem cells better than bone marrow stem cells?
Bone marrow stem cells are painful and very expensive to extract compared to cord blood stem cells. Cord blood stem cells are younger, more flexible and more adaptable to new body environment. It is also less susceptible to contamination compared to bone marrow stem cells. Cord blood transplants can still be done if there is less than a perfect match whereas in bone marrow transplants, a 100% match is absolutely needed.
- What is the difference between stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood and those derived from bone marrow and fat tissue?
- Will stem cells in cord blood, amniotic fluid, bone marrow and peripheral blood soon be unnecessary in transplantation?
- What is the difference between cord blood stem cells, embryonic stem cells, and bone marrow stem cells?