Stem cell medicine: umbilical cord blood and its stem cell potential.
The ultimate aim of stem cell research is to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, and/or to effect a cure for a variety of inherited or acquired diseases. Improved treatments rely on developments in stem cell therapies and the discovery of new therapeutic drugs that regulate stem cell functions. These complement each other for the repair, regeneration and replacement of damaged or defective tissues. Stem cells may be sourced or derived from blood and tissues postnatally ('adult' stem...Expand abstract
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