Jul 25 2013

Why Bank Placenta Tissue?

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

Americord is the only private cord blood bank that specializes in placenta tissue banking.

What is The Placenta?

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. These stem cells are a 100% genetic match to mom, acting as a protect plan for mothers after pregnancy.

Which Stem Cells Does The Placenta Tissue Contain?

As a source of stem cells, the placenta is unique because it is found to contain both Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and Mesenchymal stem cells(MSCs).  HSCs are found in the umbilical cord blood or bone marrow. MSCs are found in the umbilical cord tissue. It is unique to find both MSCs and HSCs in one source. 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 and Placenta Tissue Banking

Americord follows the best practices in placenta banking and will now collect the entire placenta, ship it back to our laboratory within 48 hours, 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 Topic Center,  or on our website.

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