What is Cord Tissue?
Cord tissue refers to the actual umbilical cord that connects mom and baby during pregnancy. Your baby’s umbilical cord tissue, called Wharton’s Jelly is an abundant source of valuable stem cells that are different from the stem cells found in cord blood. Cord blood stem cells are hematopoietic, meaning they evolve into blood cells. The cord tissue stem cells are called mesenchymal or MSCs, and have shown the ability in studies to evolve into tissue cells.
Why is it important?
Science believes there will ultimately be more uses for the stem cells found in cord tissue than those in cord blood. Currently there are more clinical trials worldwide are exploring the use of MSCs than there are studying the use of HSCs (cord blood stem cells). The rate of increase of MSC published articles has been so steep some experts believe that we are at an “Inflection Point”, a time when significant change is pending.
1976 - 2010: 11,200 Articles Published
Last 5 Years: 17,800 Articles Published
These studies fall into the category of regenerative medicine, helping the body heal itself. These studies are investigating cures for conditions as varied as spinal cord injury, diabetes, cartilage repair, and liver disease. Because of this growing body of knowledge and new potential uses of cord tissue stem cells, we now refer to our business as Newborn Stem Cell Preservation, not Cord Blood Banking. Banking only cord blood is shortchanging the possibilities for future therapies and cures, and we make it very easy and affordable to preserve all the stem cells.