Dr. Basara – Don’t Spend Your Money On Storing Stem Cells!
The famous Serbian oncologist and stem cell specialist Dr. Nadezda Basara says that young parents shouldn’t waste money on storing stem cells from their baby’s umbilical cord. According to her, this is useless.
“I’ve yet to learn the reason behind storing stem cells,” says Dr. Basara. She is one of the world’s leading experts on stem cells transplants, but claims that no one has yet received a transplant from his own stem cells. “Stem cells from umbilical cords are stored at -140C temperatures in liquid nitrogen. They can be stored for more than five years. However, this practice is useless. It is a common practice in the Balkan in recent years, but I don’t understand why people spend money on it when the practical use of stem cells is still unknown,” says. Dr. Basara, and she adds: “I suggest that every young parent consults about stem cells with a doctor instead of the companies that store them.”
There can be exceptions in families with history of leukemia and lymphoma, but even this is not a clear indication. Stem cells are the most powerful cells in the human body and differ from other cells in the renewal process. “After differentiation, one cell goes back to a part of bone marrow, while the other continues with the proliferation, replicating more healthy cells which eventually become red and white blood cells as well as thrombocytes,” Dr. Basara says. There are more than 20 million potential donors in the world, making stem cell storage obsolete.
“Using stem cells for regenerative medicine is unnecessary. If you need them for regeneration of the knee marrow for example, you can simply take them from bone marrow, not from frozen 20-year old cells in a freezer,” she says.