The difference between cord blood stem cells and other stem cells
The youngest cells are embryonic stem cells, which can generate any type of cell in our bodies. They can only be procured from the foetus and are not applied in therapy due to ethical disputes.
Adult stem cells are found in tissues of children and adults and have already been channeled towards generating a specific type of tissue. The most accessible adult stem cells are haematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow or peripheral blood, for example, bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells.
Haematopoietic stem cells from cord blood circulate in foetal blood. They are a younger form of those found in the bodies of adults and have greater biological potential.