A new development has surfaced for the use of adult stem cells
for babies. The information stems from research from the University
of Maryland Medical School.
The researchers found that even newborn babies already have
adult type stem cells in their hearts. Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research
Council tells OneNewsNow that during heart repair surgery,
doctors removed snippets of tissue.
"They grew these cells in the lab and found they
grew really well," Prentice says. "They were an adult-type stem
cell that shows a lot of promise to be able to put in and repair
heart damage, like from a birth defect or some other heart disease
that the little baby is born with, or to grow new heart valves and
He suggests it is not too farfetched to believe that at some
point in the future those repairs could begin to take place shortly
after birth. Prentice indicates there is also the possibility the
stem cells could be obtained while the baby is still in the
"Keep in mind that they're all over your body, even at that
point in your life while you're still in the womb," he explains.
"They're in the amniotic fluid, they're in the umbilical cord blood
-- and with just a few of those cells you could grow and make a
heart valve or make new heart tissue, injecting it back in even
while you're still in the womb."
Prentice stresses that while there is much more research to be
done, the hope is that it will open up a whole new avenue of
treatment before an infant comes into the world.