What is Cord Tissue?
Cord tissue refers to the umbilical cord itself. Traditionally, it was discarded as medical waste after the baby is born. But now, we know that cord tissue is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
MSCs have different capabilities than the hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood. They can rapidly divide and regenerate a variety of different cell types in our bodies, like muscles, nerves and cartilage.
How is Cord Tissue Collected?
As with cord blood, cord tissue is collected following birth. In the past, both cord blood and cord tissue used to be discarded as medical waste. When you choose to preserve your newborn’s cord tissue, your delivering healthcare provider will cut a segment of the umbilical cord and place the umbilical cord in a provided collection vessel.
Banking cord tissue does not impact your birthing process. It is a quick and painless procedure that will provide your child and your entire family with lifetime access to a valuable source of stem cells.
Benefits of Banking Cord Tissue
Many Clinical Trials Underway Exploring Future Potential
More than 1000 clinical trials are currently looking at using both cord blood and cord tissue stem cells as possible therapeutics. Hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood are being investigated for the use in treatment of diabetes, stroke and autism spectrum disorder. Additional clinical trials are examining the use of mesenchymal stem cells from cord tissue for treating osteoporosis, arthritis and brain injuries.
With the amazing progress being made in stem cell research, the list of diseases that can be targeted with cord blood and cord tissue stem cells in the future will continue to expand. It is highly like that many highly prevalent diseases of today such as diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s will be treated with cell therapies in the lifetime of your child.
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