July 31, 2015

Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stromal cells that are found in a variety of places, including umbilical cord blood and tissue. These cells have the unique capacity to differentiate into a variety of cell types, including bone cells, cartilage cells, muscle cells, and fat cells. While these cells were originally taken from bone barrow, they have since been obtained in various fetal and post-natal tissues, including through umbilical cord tissue banking.

Mesenchymal stem cells can be collected through the process of umbilical cord blood banking and umbilical cord tissue banking, which has many benefits. They carry a tremendous potential for regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and cellular therapy. Because of this, it is popular for family cord blood services to cryopreserve and bank mesenchymal stem cells, which increases their availability and ease of access, one of the cord tissue banking benefits. A remarkable amount of research and resources have been expended towards optimizing the protocols, freezing media composition, cooling devices and storage containers, as well as developing good manufacturing practices in order to ensure that these stem cells collected by family cord blood services retain their therapeutic characteristics and are safe for clinical use after cryopreservation by an umbilical cord blood banking service like CariCord.

If you are wondering what is cord tissue and how it is different from cord blood, cord blood is the blood found in the umbilical cord, which is rich in mesenchymal stem cells. On the other hand, cord tissue is the umbilical cord itself. There are many cord tissue banking benefits available to people who choose CariCord. When a family cord blood service stores cord blood and tissue for future use, cryopreservation through freezing is a safe and effective way to ensure the cells are preserved and able to be of future benefit.

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