Why parents should keep the stem cells of their child?

The first autologous cord blood transplant (using an experimental protocol),was done successfully in Europe in 2001 for treatment of an 10 months old infant suffering from a cancer of the eye retinoblastoma, while in January 2007 was announced the first autologous cord blood transplant to treat pediatric leukemia.

Cord blood, which until a few years ago was considered as a biological waste, it proved to be a biological wealth, even if for the moment most protocols are experimental.

The rapid progress seen in the field offers new solutions to develop effective drugs and leads to the application of innovative therapies even for diseases that until now consider incurable.

So our responsibility is to ensure that scientific knowledge is not made subject of misinformation or uncontrolled exploitation but the future of innovative therapies with respect for human life and contribution to science.

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