- Tooth Collection Kit: This should be the core component of the kit, this the device that helps protect the dental pulp in your sample during transport to the lab.
- Transportation: this one is common sense, the sample should be shipped as quickly as possible and in a temperature-controlled way to maximize the quality of the stem cells in your sample.
- Processing: The lab should conform to FDA guidelines for human cell and tissue-based products, and culture cells in a class 10,000 clean room.
- Quality Control Testing: Recovering viable stem cells should ideally be confirmed both by growth of the cells in culture and by flow cytometry testing to confirm the presence of the appropriate cell surface markers.
- Lab Accreditations: Look for the lab to be FDA-registered, CLIA certified and accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
- Storage: The lab should be using the latest freezer technology: a bulk liquid nitrogen delivery system, backup generators, in a gated storage facility with 24-hour security surveillance.
- Credibility: Is the lab well funded? Does it do research on dental stem cells? Does it have published protocols on how to store dental stem cells in peer-reviewed scientific journals?
- Consumer Choice: Do you have a choice on how your sample is prepared for cryopreservation? – Some labs do a 'whole tissue' service, a 'cultured cell' service, or a combination of the two to 'cover all bases'
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