With newborn stem cells, youth has its advantages.
Beyond the matching benefits of family cord blood banking, cord blood stem cells have a special characteristic that makes them more effective than other types of stem cells. Simply put, they’re young and inexperienced — and that's a good thing. Cord blood stems cells are immunologically naïve, which means they are less developed and more flexible than other adult stem cells such as bone marrow. When used in treatment, cord blood stem cells are less likely to "cause trouble" and therefore can more easily integrate themselves into a patient’s body.