Cord Blood Bank News
Cord Segment Banking
New research has led to the practice of banking not only the cord
blood itself, but the actual tissue that makes up the cord. A segment
of the cord is sent to our lab along with the cord blood which is
collected at the time of delivery. The cord is no longer seen as just a
vessel for the stem cells that it contains. It is actually comprised of yet
another type of cell called a mesenchymal stem cell. This “super
cell” has the primitive beginning of every major tissue type in the
human body. These regenerative cells will be key players in areas of
cardiac, neuronal, bone, cartilage, and adipose tissue repair.
Research areas focusing on this cell type include treatment for
Type 1 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, cardiac repair, and spinal
cord injury just to name a few.
Please note: New England Cord Blood Bank's activities for New York State residents are limited to collection, processing, and long-term storage of umbilical cord tissue. New England Cord Blood Bank's possession of a New York State license for such collection, processing, and long-term storage does not indicate approval or endorsement of possible future uses or future suitability of these cells.
NECBB Is Heparin Free
You can be sure that NECBB’s blood bags do not contain any Heparin. Heparin is an anti-coagulant that is not approved by the FDA for use in cord blood collection and can be toxic to your baby’s cells. The anti-coagulant we use is called Citrate Phosphate Dextrose, or CPD. CPD is approved by the FDA for use in cord blood collection and helps maintain the viability of the cells. With CPD working as an anti-coagulant and a cell preservative, your baby’s cells are protected while in transport to our laboratory.
NECBB Opens Miami Office
NECBB has opened a new office in Miami Beach, FL which will serve clients throughout the southern USA.