August 19, 2015

Though umbilical cord blood banking is a rather new phenomena of the last 25-30 years, safe and effective stem cell transplants date back to 1968, when the first bone marrow stem cell transplant was performed. Today, more than 1 million stem cell transplants have been performed, and scientists have discovered that stem cells found in cord blood, which are collected by family cord blood services, are more accessible and easier to use than stem cells found in bone marrow. With the subsequent discovery of the numerous cord blood and potential cord tissue benefits, many family cord banking services were established to allow families to save their child’s cells for future use. Of these services, CariCord is one of the premier options for private umbilical cord blood banking.

In 1988, the first stem cell transplant using cord blood cells was performed, and family cord banking thus entered the scene, as cord blood was shown to have advantages over other sources of stem cells. Around 2002, the Institute for Regenerative Medicine stated that stem cell research was of growing importance to the future medical communities, and researchers began exploring ways that stem cells could help the body heal itself. In 2005, clinical trials began to investigate the potential of newborn stem cell therapies to help restore damaged tissue. Today, cord blood stem cells have been found to treat more than 80 diseases, and more than 200 clinical trials are underway to determine future uses and potential benefits of cord blood and tissue banking.

What is cord tissue? That is a great question. Along the way, scientists discovered that the umbilical cord itself was also a rich source of useful stem cells, along with the blood found in the umbilical cord. Umbilical cord tissue banking thus began to rise in popularity alongside cord blood banking, as it may have just as many benefits in the future, though cord tissue is not currently used in human treatments.

CariCord offers both private cord blood and cord tissue banking for expecting parents who are looking to protect and preserve their child’s valuable stem cells for potential future use.

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