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About umbilical cord lining banking
Along with banking the umbilical cord blood itself, families now have the option to also bank a section of the actual tissue that makes up the umbilical cord. Umbilical cord lining is the membrane that covers the umbilical cord. As with cord blood, the collection process for cord lining is fast, easy, and painless.
The umbilical cord is the connecting cord from the developing fetus to the placenta which allows blood to carry oxygen and nutrition to the baby in the womb. After the baby is delivered, the umbilical cord is cut and normally discarded with the placenta as medical waste until researchers became aware of its medical potential.
What are Umbilical Cord Lining Stem Cells?
Your baby’s umbilical cord lining contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and cord lining epithelial stem cells (CLEpSCs) which have shown immense potential in aiding the repair of injured tissues and organs and the treatment of various diseases. MSCs are the building blocks of structural tissues of our body such as bone, cartilage, muscle, fibrous tissues and fat. CLEpSCs form the soft tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body including cornea, skin, and liver.