Frequently Asked Questions

Q?What are the differences between Cord Blood & Tissue Stem Cells?
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Stem cells from Cord Blood are hematopoietic- meaning they are blood-forming and used in treatments with fairly rare blood-related conditions, primarily leukemia and certain cancers.  Stem cells from Teeth and Fat are mesenchymal- meaning they are tissue-forming and being researched and used for a wide-range of regenerative medicine for Age, Disease, and Injury Reversal (mostly related to connective tissue and organs).

Q?What are some of the successful uses of autologous transplantation of adult bone marrow and other types of stem cells?
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Bone marrow cells and mesenchymal stem cells have been used therapeutically to renew marrow and blood cells in patients who have cancer, need a transplant to replace tumor cells, or after high dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The cells are also used to repair some bone or cartilage lesions during surgery, and have recently been used to repair heart muscle defects.

Q?Why would I want to store my normal stem cells and where would they come from?
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You are never any younger than you are today and most studies have shown that younger cells may be more versatile and healthier than when derived from an older individual. Although not yet available, it is possible that newer and developing technologies will assist the re-growth of damaged body parts as the body ages or is injured. Thus, it is a type of “Bio-insurance”. Stem cells can be readily obtained from fat or skin that have been surgically removed, but they can also come from bone marrow or other sources.

Q?How would my stem cells be stored?
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Cells are stored in a frozen state in an ultralow liquid nitrogen freezer in solution that minimizes ice formation in the cells and surround them with a protective shell using proprietary cryopreservation media and storage techniques.

Q?Who would own my stem cells that are stored?
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You own the cells while you continue to pay the storage fees annually with the contractual caveat that the cells will be sent to a public laboratory, or disposed of, if you are unable or unwilling to pay the storage fees.  The contract you sign will specify these issues.

Q?What is special about stem cells compared to other cells in the body (the somatic cells)?
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Somatic cells have become specialized for the jobs they have to perform to keep the “body machine” working properly. Stem cells have the ability to become a variety of cell types in a lineage.