Jul 25 2013

Why Bank Placenta Tissue?

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

The placenta is an “immune-privileged” tissue that protects the developing fetus in the mother’s womb. In addition to possessing special characteristics as a result of its “immune-privileged” status the placenta tissue is rich with stem cells. As a source of stem cells, the placenta is unique because it is found to contain both Hematopoietic stem cells (those found in umbilical cord blood) and Mesenchymal stem cells (the stem cells found in umbilical cord tissue). The placenta also contains Pluripotent stem cells which have the potential to differentiate into almost any cell within the body. All three cell types are currently the subject of dozens of ongoing clinical trials. Americord follows the best practices in placenta banking and will now collect the entire placenta, ship it back to our laboratory, and have our technicians perform on-site the biopsies required to collect the cells. This simplifies the most difficult step for your medical practitioner and improves the collection success rate dramatically. You can find more information on the placenta throughout our blog, or on our website here.

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