One of the many diseases that may be benefited by ongoing stem cell research is cerebral palsy (CP). While currently there is no cure for the disease, groundbreaking work is being done with stem cells that may hold hope for those with the disability. Although there are already stem cell treatments being used on CP in some countries, the study being performed at Duke University may closer to creating treatments in the U.S.
Cord Blood Stem Cells
The stem cells that have been at the center of much research are the mesenchymal cord blood stem cells. These stem cells are extracted from the umbilical cord blood after birth. Due to ongoing research, many parents have their child’s cord blood saved and banked incase there is a future cure that may be obtained from these cells. Although stem cells can be extracted from areas such as bone marrow, the umbilical cord blood cells are considered a younger, more versatile version.