Why Bank

Adipose Banking

Banking stem cells from adipose tissue is an excellent way to preserve your stem cells. Today, there are many clinical trials regarding the use of stem cells in therapies for general health, anti-frailty and diseases. By taking advantage of a liposuction procedure and preserving the stem cells found within the fat, you may take advantage of therapies for diseases in the future.

Mesenchymal stem cells lie within your fat tissue. These cells can be extracted in high volume during a liposuction and preserved for future use. Adipose-derived stem cells are immunoprivileged and may prevent graft-versus-host disease2. Today, there are many clinical trials being conducted studying the effects of reintroducing adipose stem cells into the body to regenerate and heal affected areas.

 

Bone Marrow Banking

Banking stem cells from bone marrow is an outstanding way to preserve your adult stem cells.

Bone marrow is the soft, flexible tissue found deep in your bones. Bone marrow contains 2 different types of stem cells: hematopoietic and mesenchymal. Hematopoietic stem cells can easily produce red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets1. Mesenchymal stem cells, on the other hand, can produce fat, cartilage and bone.

The stem cells found in bone marrow can be easily extracted from several locations within your body. However, the best location for extraction is from the iliac crest, as it contains more red marrow, which has a higher population of stem cells.

References

  1. What is Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplantation?. (2011, November 1). Retrieved July 10, 2014, from http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/bone-marrowstem-cell-transplantation/what-stem-cellbone-marrow-transplantation
  2. Lindroos, B., Suuronen, R., & Miettinen, S. The Potential of Adipose Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine. Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 7, 269-291. Retrieved July 10, 2014, from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12015-010-9193-7