CORD TISSUE 101
WHAT IS CORD TISSUE?
Your baby’s umbilical cord contains valuable stem cells that are different from those found in the cord blood. Cord tissue refers to the tissue inside the umbilical cord. Wharton’s Jelly, is a substance found within the umbilical cord and is an abundant source of valuable stem cells.
These cord tissue stem cells are called mesenchymal stem cells or MSC’s. Mesenchymal stem cells have the potential to evolve into many types of cells, including organ, muscle, skin, bone, cartilage, and fat cells.
WHY IS IT SO VALUABLE?
Clinical trials have shown cord tissue to be more useful than cord blood in certain therapies. These include treatments for spinal cord injuries, cartilage repair, autoimmune disease, liver disease, orthopedic indications and neurological conditions.
The study of Mesenchymal stem cells falls under the category of regenerative medicine, as these stem cells assist the body in repairing itself. Science is advancing rapidly: the future possibilities and treatments have an unlimited potential.