Using microgravity technology, developed by NASA, scientists in London have found they can take blood from a newborn’s umbilical cord, multiply the stem cells, and turn them into any kind of tissue from the body they want. ” The newly discovered human cells, called “cord-blood-derived embryonic-like stem cells” or CBEs, are more versatile than adult stem cells, found in bone marrow, which can mend damaged tissue during life.” It is clear that this new discovery will mitigate the need to create human embryos to obtain their stem cells. It is also wonderful that the national cord blood registries are well underway so cord blood can be donated and banked for future use.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.