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Cord Tissue offers a different type of stem cell to save

Along with banking the cord blood itself, families now have the option to also bank a section of the actual tissue that makes up the umbilical cord. This would be done at the time of birth, along with the cord blood. Cord tissue is a rich source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). MSCs are as valuable, but very different from those obtained in cord blood collection. Both types have the potential for great therapeutic value. The MSCs found in the cord tissue can differentiate into a variety of cell types including tissue, bone, cartilage, muscle, and nerves.

Although the stem cells harvested from the cord tissue are not currently approved for use by the FDA, they are being evaluated in dozens of clinical studies throughout the world.  These studies are investigating future treatments for cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, heart disease, strokes, and many other conditions.  Scientists are very optimistic that new cutting edge therapies will result from this research. Benefits of banking the cord tissue, while prevalent now, will be overwhelmingly prominent in the future with more treatments and trials coming every day.

Before you cut the cord

Don’t forget that the umbilical cord is a very valuable source of stem cells that could be used to save your baby’s life someday.

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