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How are Stem Cells Harvested? From Where? 6/12/2017

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Probably one of the most common questions we get on a daily basis is where do the stem cells used for regenerative therapy come from?

First, let's make it clear that they do NOT come from aborted fetuses or fetuses of any type. I could never have anything to do with a therapy that involved that.

All birth tissue products are obtained from C-section deliveries from normal, full-term pregnancies. Donors that consent to use of their birth tissues are carefully screened prior to the use of their tissues.

Comprehensive medical and social histories of the donors are obtained and tissues are procured, processed, and tested in accordance with standards established by the AATB and FDA requirements to minimize potential risks of disease transmission to recipients. Infectious disease testing is performed at a certified laboratory in accordance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and 42 CFR part 493.

Each donor is tested for HBsAg (Hepatitis B Surface Antigen), HBcAb (hepatitis B core Anti-body), HCV (hepatitis C Antibody), HIV I/II-Ab (Antibody to Human Immunodeficiency Virus Types 1 and Syphilis detection test, HIV NAT (HIV Nucleic Acid Test), and HCV NAT (HCV Nucleic Acid Test).

All products are tested post-sterilization to demonstrate the absence of bacterial and fungal patho-
gens and are non-pyrogenic.

The body has several different areas where stem cells can be harvested. The two most common types are adipose (fat) tissue and bone marrow. This is for ADULT stem cells. That means that these stem cells harvested will be multipotent. Multipotent means that the stem cells can become different types of cells, but they are limited to what they can become. AMNIOTIC stem cells are pluripotent, which means they can become almost any type of cell or tissue in the body.

It has been shown that the umbilical cord tissue offers the greatest number of harvestable mesenchymal stem cells for clinical application. 1 Placental tissue including the umbilical cord have also been shown to have a great number of live stem cells post thaw. 2

We are the largest Stem Cell Clinic in Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach FL.
If you have more questions or would like more information, please call 386-267-6382.

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26354202
2. ASSAY REPORT: FRESH VS FROZEN UMBILICAL CORD TISSUE AND CELL SAMPLE by University of Utah Jan 2017

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