Stem cells are increasingly becoming more important in the treatment of diseases, which is why sufficient supplies are needed. A report proposing ways to boost EU stem cells and cord blood reserves through a regulated and unpaid system was approved by MEPs in plenary on Monday 10 September. Check out the infographic to find out why stem cells are so vital.
Tory MEP Marina Yannakoudakis, from Britain, calls in her report for a transparent system based on voluntary and unpaid donations of tissues and cells. Apart from skin tissue, vessels and amniotic membrane, the donation usually comes from a deceased donor.
Cord Blood and Stem Cells
Cord blood donation, from which stem cells are derived, play a very important role. There is increasing evidence that these cells can be used in the treatment of diseases, including childhood illnesses. To increase the availability of national cord blood samples, common standards should be enforced in national and private banks.
Donation on unpaid basis
Although a recent ruling in the United States means the sale of blood stem cells will be allowed there, Ms Yannakoudakis believes that in the EU donation should be carried out on a voluntary and unpaid basis.