Mar 23 2012

Cord Blood and Cord Tissue, What Is The Difference?

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

Cord blood and cord tissue have many differences. However, they both contain stem cells that can help treat and cure diseases that were once seemingly untreatable.

What is the difference between cord blood and cord tissue?

The stem cells that are found in cord tissue have slightly different properties as compared to cord blood. They are called Mesenchymal stem cells. These cells can grow into different kinds of tissue in the laboratory, such as neural cells, cardiac cells, liver cells etc, so they are very exciting from this perspective. By contrast, cord blood stem cells generally will grow into blood cells, like white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, etc.

One important point of difference that we try to make clear is that while cord blood has been used therapeutically for 20 years, cord tissue is only available at this point in clinical trials. Now 20 years ago cord blood wasn’t used for anything, and now there are around 70 to 80 diseases that it has been used for. So when most people choose to save cord blood, they are usually considering what they may be able to use it for today, in addition to what it may be used for tomorrow. For cord tissue, while the possibilities are very exciting, those who choose to save it are thinking more about what it could be used for in the future.

Why Americord?

Americord has the best quality and follows all of the best practices for cord blood collection and storage, including the FDA, the AABB, state and federal guidelines and applicable licenses. We use the only commercially available FDA approved sterile exterior cord blood bag that is on the market, the fastest medical courier, and the cheapest prices.
Have a kit sent to your home now so you don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to save your child’s stem cells. Remember, there are no fees until after the baby is born.

Check out how our costs compare with CBR or Viacord or the other private cord blood banking companies.


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