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Biovault Family Contributes to Plymouth’s Mayflower Forest

A mindful legacy for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers’ pioneering voyage to America Plymouth is still something of a frontier town. Bordered by Dartmoor to the North and East, the only thing South and West of Biovault Family’s home city is the Atlantic Ocean and America.  Plymouth is proud of its maritime history […]

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Autologous cord blood transplant for Aplastic Anaemia

In this article first published by the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation as Henrique was Saved by his Own Cord Blood, Henrique’s parents explain how their son’s life was saved thanks to their decision to store his cord blood at birth. This photo of Henrique was taken by the river, in Lisbon, Portugal, a […]

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Storing my son’s cord blood gives me confidence, Ricky Martin explains in an exclusive interview

Almost a year after the birth of his first son, scientist and business leader Ricky Martin is overjoyed to be a father. But the 2012 winner of The Apprentice is also frustrated that umbilical cord stem cell storage, a life-saving service, is still under-reported, misrepresented and under-used in the UK. In the second part of […]

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Stem cell studies offer hope for childhood neurological condition Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD)

The University of California San Francisco has announced progress in the development of stem cell therapies for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a potentially fatal genetic condition affecting boys. What is Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD)? Often diagnosed at birth with symptoms of weakness and breathing difficulties, PMD is a progressive neurological disease caused by disruptions in the formation […]

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Cord blood restores neurological health after drowning & coma

In 2009 Aleksandr and Nadezhda were enjoying life with their 2-year-old daughter Sofia and anticipating the birth of their second baby. Then everything changed. On one tragic day in February Sofia fell through ice, drowning in the freezing cold water and unable to breathe for more than half an hour. Drowning has heartbreaking consequences for […]

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Research shows umbilical cord is the stem cell source that keeps on giving

In a paper published this week in medical journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, researchers show that umbilical cord tissue can provide large volumes of stem cells over long periods. This evidence could lead to a dramatic increase in the number of stem cells available to patients from each stored umbilical cord, making cord tissue […]

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Meet the cord blood hero raising money for Jeans for Genes Day

After a devastating journey, Charlie’s mum describes how it felt to find out that her son may have leukaemia, only to discover he had a far more rare condition. Fanconi’s anaemia has only one cure – stem cells, without which her son would die. Mercifully, Charlie was treated with umbilical cord blood stem cells donated […]

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How can stem cells improve Michael Schumacher’s condition?

Nearly six years after Michael Schumacher had the skiing accident that changed his life, stem cells could be used to treat the F1 champion’s brain injuries. According to quotes in Le Parisien, a member of staff at a Paris hospital treating the Formula 1 legend said he is awake after six years in a coma. Schumacher […]

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Bioprinted living tissues could transform treatment

Scientists have already ‘printed’ heart-like valves and a femur from stem cells like those in the umbilical cord. So, what’s next for patients? Bioprinting is an exciting research area with potential for repairing injuries, and even replacing whole organs affected by damage or disease. The technology is limited in complexity, viability and speed at the moment but […]

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