From West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA:
Our two year old was diagnosed this week with typeá1 diabetes, and my wife is five months pregnant. With all the research going on would it be a good idea to freeze the umbilical cord of the newborn? If so, would you have any leads on who does this, how it is done, etc.?
Our stem cell expert tells me that cord tissue is not a source of stem cells, and, even if it were, they would not be the endodermal stem cells which are needed for islet cell regeneration. There is also the problem that any new islet cells might still be subject to autoimmune destruction. Just the same, this is a tantalising area of research the more so because just last week in Science there was a report of having grown islet producing stem cells in mice.
Original posting 1 May 2001
Posted to Research: Cure
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:22
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2017. Comments and Feedback.