What exactly are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are cells that can reproduce themselves and all other cells in the body!

In medical terms, stem cells are "undifferentiated" cells that have the ability to reproduce themselves. These stem cells can be found in the umbilical cord blood, and in the umbilical cord tissue. While cord blood stem cells currently have the ability to help treat certain diseases, cord tissue is still being researched, however, these stem cells give rise to multiple specialized cell types that can make up the heart, lung, skin, and other tissues. In some adult tissues, such as bone marrow, muscle, and brain, discrete populations of adult stem cells generate replacements for cells that are lost through normal wear and tear, injury or disease.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord that can help save lives!

Cord blood is the blood that is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after the birth of the newborn. This blood contains a rich and valuable source of stem cells that can be used to treat various diseases. Today cord blood can be used to treat over 80 diseases including cancers, metabolic disorders, immune disorders and blood related diseases. Learn more

What is Cord Tissue?

Cord tissue is the actual umbilical cord itself that has additional,
somewhat specialized, stem cells!

Cord tissue is from the actual umbilical cord itself. Cord tissue contains a different type of stem cells than cord blood. These stem cells are also able to differentiate into various tissues and organ cells, including cardiac, nerve, cartilage/bone and muscle cells. Because cord tissue is still in the experimental phase, it has future potential for the treatment of conditions such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, spinal cord injuries, and more. Learn more


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