CORD BLOOD AND TISSUE, AND WHY IT SHOULD MATTER TO YOU.
Why should you bank your infant's cord blood? The way we see it, every child is born connected with a unique biological insurance policy. It's called cord blood. Cord blood is rich in Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs). HSCs can rapidly divide and develop into different cell lines (making them "multipotent") to replace the bone marrow cellular ingredients necessary for healthy blood and immune systems. Thus if cord blood cells are transplanted at some future time, they can help restore the immune and blood systems to help fight diseases and replace diseased blood.
Cord tissue refers to the multipotent cells found in the umbilical cord tissue itself — Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). MSCs are multipotent cells that can differentiate into almost any type of cell, tissue, or organ, such as bone, cartilage, muscle, nerve, and fat cells. On-going clinical research trials suggest that MSCs have the potential to treat scores of serious diseases.
Storing your baby's cord blood and tissue enhances your ability to keep your child healthy in years to come. But it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can only be taken at the time of birth.
Cord blood is the blood collected from your infant’s umbilical cord and placenta immediately following birth. It contains Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), which can replace bone marrow by dividing into cells that can produce red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These extraordinary cells have already been proven to treat dozens of diseases. Learn More
Cord tissue refers to the stem cells found in the umbilical cord tissue itself called Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). MSCs are multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types including: bone, cartilage, muscle, nerves, and fat. Learn More
Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat over 80 different diseases and new uses for cord blood transplants are being discovered all the time. Additionally, dozens of clinical trials are in progress using both cord blood and cord tissue, offering the potential to save and extend lives. Learn More