Feb 12 2014

Cord Blood Banking vs. Cord Tissue Banking

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

Americord provides you the opportunity to bank stem cells from sources both umbilical cord blood, and umbilical cord tissue. Cord Blood vs Cord Tissue, do you know what the differences are?

The types of stem cells found in cord blood and cord tissue is the main difference between them.


What are HSCs and MSCs?

Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) are  found in the umbilical cord blood.  These are the cells used in the treatment of over 80 diseases today and are the ones most commonly mentioned in the news. HSCs can develop into any blood component to protect people from blood-related diseases and disorders including Lymphoma and Leukemia.  In the cord tissue and placenta tissue, their is a vast quantity of what are called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have been proposed to differentiate into many different connective tissues of the body. While no treatment exists using cord tissue or placenta tissue stem cells today, research is growing at an incredible pace. MSCs are currently the subject of almost 50 clinical trials and hold the promise of being able to someday treat debilitating conditions such as heart disease, type 1 diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and injuries to bones and cartilage.


Cord Blood VS Cord Tissue Banking, can you do both?

Right after a baby is born, you can do cord blood and cord tissue banking. Cord blood can protect baby from 80 different diseases already.  Cord tissue banking is different because it can be used to treat bone, cartilage, muscle, skin, and tissue. Cord tissue can also regenerate meaning that it can be used for multiple treatment options.


Americord has one of the lowest prices for preserving stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue. We provide clients with Cord Blood banking payment plans starting as low as $139 a month with 20 years of storage included. We are also the only company to provide the service of placenta tissue banking, another form of MSCs.


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