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Banking on Cells

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Many hope scientific breakthroughs will mean stem cells can help heal injuries or illnesses. Source: Getty images
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Stem cells might one day serve as something of a miracle cure for those suffering from ailing joints, organs, or nerve cells. Their ability to regenerate holds much promise.

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    Facts

    • Thousands of parents around the world are freezing the stem cells of their newborns, as hope grows that one day these cells may hold the key to curing disease.
    • Germany has some of the toughest policies governing stem cell research.
    • One of the leading facilities for stem cells is Leipzig based Vita 34, founded in 1997.
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When Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo was injured in the run-up to the European Championship last summer, stem cells came to his rescue. After an injury to his thigh, a muscle graft provided the catalyst to a speedy return, and Portugal took home the trophy.

Success stories like this bring attention and business to stem cell treatment, even if it is still in the experimental phase. The hope is that stem cells will one day serve as the miracle cure for those suffering from ailing joints, organs, or nerve cells. Their ability to regenerate holds much promise.

Since the discovery that stem cells can be harvested from the umbilical cord, business is booming.

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