A stem cell bank is a facility which stores the stem cells for the future use. Stem cells are the God of all cells because they have the property of mutating into any kind of cell. These cells are used for regenerative treatments which include repairing or re-growing the damaged tissue. Groundbreaking research has been carried out regarding these stem cells and the scenarios have changed drastically since last decades. However at this moment stem cell banking is very important since the raw material is needed for research.
Currently the stem cells are used for treatment of around 80 diseases which include:
• Cancers of different kind like leukemia, lymphoma, bone-marrow cancer, etc.
• Blood Disorders including different types of anemia.
• Metabolic disorders like Hunter Syndrome, Gaucher’s disease etc.
• Genetic diseases like osteoporosis.
• Bone Marrow Disorders.
Stem Cells: Way Forward
Initial researches have suggested that these stem cells can be used for the treatment of immunological and neurological diseases. This means these cells may be used in future for the treatment of diabetes, Parkinson diseases, and Cerebral Palsy. Tests are also being carried out to use these cells for treating the brain and spinal cord injuries.
All the tests suggest that these cells will play an important role in the coming future. They are an insurance against the diseases which might attack you or your family. Probably that is the reason more and more clinics are beginning to store these cells, and despite the heavy cost, more and more people are opting to bank the stem cells in these clinics.