March 7, 2014
You may have heard of stem cells or umbilical cord blood previously, but never heard of cord tissue. That could be because it is a newer discovery within the field of regenerative medicine. Researchers have recently identified additional stem cell types in the umbilical cord itself, not just in the cord blood. These cells can also serve many purposes, which is why the cord blood banking process has expanded to include cord tissue as well.
Wharton’s jelly, which is found inside the umbilical cord, has been found to contain mesenchymal stem cells. This type of cells are the “building blocks” of bone and cartilage, which means they can possibly be used to regenerate these tissues, when and if that is needed. The lining of the umbilical cord has also been found to contain large amounts of mesenchymal and epithelial stem cells, which can be stored in a private cord blood bank such as CariCord for future usage. These epithelial stem cells are “precursors” to skin, smooth tissue, and organs. Currently, researchers are engaged in clinical trials to use epithelial cells from the umbilical cord lining to treat burns. The results of this research have been very positive so far, which shows that future usage of cord tissue may become more and more common.
With all of this research underway, it could be a huge benefit to you and your family to store your child’s cord tissue in a private cord blood bank, along with the cord blood itself. Keep in mind that cord tissue, like cord blood, can only be collected within a short window of time at the birth of your child. You never know; in ten years cord tissue could become very widespread in its capabilities and usage. Get ahead of the curve by storing your child’s cord tissue in the CariCord private cord blood bank today!