It’s when cord blood is collected from your child’s umbilical cord at birth. The stem cells – think of them as vital building blocks of the human body – found in cord blood are primarily responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system, says Dr Andrew Wu, technical director of Cordlife, one of Singapore’s three private cord blood banks.
They are also biologically younger than mature adult stem cells, which means they are more effective in helping to treat certain diseases, should the need arises.
Explains Dr Wu: “The complication of using stem cell transplantation to treat diseases is when there is some degree of incompatibility between the donor and recipient cells. The cells in cord blood are less reactive than those from adult sources, which reduces the likelihood of such incompatibility.”