During pregnancy, you have the option to collect stem cells from amniotic fluid or cord blood, so it's important to understand the differences between the two:
- Amniotic fluid contains mesenchymal stem cells, which are multifunctional and can develop into many cell types, tissues and organs, including skin, muscle, neurons, cardiac tissue, kidney, liver, cartilage, bone, tendon and more. In the future, there might be a broad range of potential uses and therapeutic applications for these cells.
- Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells, which means they develop into blood type cells. These stem cells are used for bone marrow transplantations and to treat blood-related diseases.
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