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Your baby's umbilical cord is made up of tissue and contains blood. Both cord blood and cord tissue are rich sources of powerful stem cells. Cord blood stem cells are currently used in transplant medicine to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood banking preserves these cells for potential treatment of 80 known diseases and disorders1, and perhaps more as research continues into these cells’ ability to act like a body’s personal repair kit.
They "know" how to find injured cells in the body and start a healing process.2 In other words, they may help the body help itself.80
Today, cord blood stem cells have been used in more than 35,000 transplants worldwide to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems, like in a bone marrow transplant. 2* Find out which conditions have been treated here.
Your baby’s cord blood stem cells will always be a perfect match for him or her, but they aren’t the only one who may benefit from cord blood banking. Newborn stem cell preservation can potentially benefit siblings and parents, too. In many cord blood treatments, stem cells from a matched family member are preferred. Siblings of the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match, and a 50% chance of being a partial match; biological parents will always be a partial match.
Learn more about clinical trials using newborn stem cells.
*This number includes cord blood stored publicly and privately.
1. Brunstein CG, et al. Br J Haematoi. 2007; 137(1)20-35. McGuckin CP, et al. Med Law. 2006;27(1):147-165. Nietfeld JJ, et al. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2008;14(3):316-322.
2. Munoz J, Shah N, Rezvani K, et al. Concise review: umbilical cord blood transplantation: past, present, and future. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2014;3:1435-1443.
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