What Are Cord Stem Cells?
Cord Stem Cells also known as Cord tissue is the tissue from the umbilical cord itself. It has an abundant source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), which are different from the Haemopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) found in cord blood.
Research indicates that these cord stem cells found in Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord have the unique ability to rapidly regenerate and differentiate themselves into various tissues and organ cells, including heart, nerve, cartilage, bone, muscle, liver, cartilage and fat tissue. No medical treatments are currently available today using stem cells extracted.
HOW ARE UMBILICAL CORD STEM CELLS DIFFERENT
FROM CORD BLOOD STEM CELLS?
Cord stem cells is a rich source of MSCs, which have the power to regenerate other cells, as well as create structural and connective tissues. On the other hand, cord blood is a rich source of Haemopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), which can regenerate organ tissue, blood and immune system.
Since cord blood and cord stem cells are rich sources of different types of stem cells, they may help to repair the body in different ways.
- Found in Cord Blood.
- Regenerate organ tissues, the blood and immune systems.
- Differentiate into blood components such as red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
- Found in Wharton’s Jelly.
- Regenerate structural and connective tissues.
- Differentiate into bone, cartilage, fat, heart, liver, muscle and nerve tissues and have immunomodulatory functions that can ‘’correct’’ an abnormal immune response.
Cord Stem Cell Banking
Cord Stem Cell Banking is still in the research phase and it is crucial to preserve all stem cells within the cord region to maximize the fullest potential for your family’s future use.
A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity
Our Cord Stem Cell Banking service includes the collection, extraction, processing and storage of all of these remarkable cord stem cells. This allows for the widest range of treatment options for you and your family.
Storing the baby’s cord stem cells at birth is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Cord stem cells can avoid immune systems and do not require matching. Therefore, cord stem cells can be potentially used not only for your baby and your baby’s siblings, but also for you and your parents.
StemCord takes the extra step to extract the cord stem cells before storage so that they are available for treatment when needed. The cord stem cells can be further multiplied with a culturing process in the future. This is especially so if the therapy (for certain conditions) requires larger doses of cord stem cells.
Benefits of Cord Stem Cell Banking
Cord Stem Cell Banking is a recent development in the world of stem cells.
We offer you the chance to store your baby’s cord stem cells on a research / clinical trial basis* so that you and your family stand poised to tap on the next scientific breakthrough.
Promising Research & Clinical Trial Results
Cord Stem Cells (CordScs), found in umbilical cord, are the new darlings of stem cell scientists due to their regenerative potential. Early results of trials1 in the field of stem cell research are reported to be promising. Researchers believe that cord stem cells may help to treat various conditions such as:
- Damaged tissue
- Ligaments and organs
- Vascular damage
- Wounds, burns & ulcers, among others.
All cell types from a variety of tissues are being researched to potentially treat over 11 therapeutic areas2.
One of the most beneficial traits of CordSCs is that they can avoid immune systems. While cord blood requires HLA matching, MSCs derived from cord stem cells derived MSCs does not require any HLA typing.. This means that your baby’s cord stem cells can potentially be used not only for his/her siblings but also for you and your parents.
Alongside with the potential ability to treat age-related diseases, storing cord stem cells will be an even more precious resource.
1. U.S National Institutes of Health, ClinicalTrials.gov.
2. Trounson A, Thakar R, Lomax G, Gibbons D. Clinical Trials for Stem Cell Therapies. BMC Medicine. 2011.
“Sometimes the strength of the motherhood is greater than natural laws.”Barbara Kingsolver
|Cord Blood Research||Cord Stem Cell Research|
|Blood Disorders||Liver Fibrosis|
|Bone Marrow Syndromes||Lung Cancer|
|Immunodeficiencies||Sports Injuries (Cartilage)|
|Metabolic Disorders||Type 1 Diabetes|
Note: New uses for cord stem cells are being discovered rapidly. However, banking cord stem cells does not guarantee that the cells will provide a cure or be applicable for every situation. The treating physician will determine the ultimate use. The use of cord stem cells for emerging treatments is experimental. Please consult your physician.
Save Both Cord Blood & Cord Stem Cells For More Treatment Options
Today’s research indicates that stem cells from cord blood and the whole cord work differently to heal the body. Banking both cord blood and cord stem cells can comprehensively protect your child and family’s health.
With great scientific minds pushing the boundaries and driving the discovery of medical applications, it will only be a matter of time before the immense therapeutic potential of stem cells are realised.