What is Cord Blood?Cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to help treat serious diseases later in one’s life.
Cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby where there is a rich source of stem cells. These stem cells are similar to the stem cells found in an adult’s bone marrow; however the youth of the cells makes them able to replicate themselves for a longer period of time.
Cord blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Most importantly, it contains a rich source of stem cells. These young stem cells are able to differentiate (change into other cells) and replicate themselves making cord blood stem cells the ideal choice for transplantation and disease treatment.