We used to think that cord blood was the only therapeutically useful part of the umbilical cord.
Now we know better.
There is an ever-expanding field of research devoted to discovering further cell types in the umbilical cord, and the potential uses of these.
Perhaps the most exciting development is the discovery that the tissue of the umbilical cord is a rich source of mesenchymal stem cells. (MSCs)
Like the HSCs in cord blood, MSCs are able to renew and differentiate to create new specialist cell types. Whereas HSCs develop into blood cells, MSCs differentiate into tissues, such as bone, nerve, tendon and muscle. It is hoped that in the future MSCs will play an important part in a variety of medical and clinical procedures to regenerate damaged or diseased tissue.
There is extensive and on-going research into the clinical uses of MSCs, though it must be stressed that these trials are incomplete and that no treatment has yet been proven.
Biovault Family offer to store whole cord tissue to facilitate the future potential of MSCs and are actively engaged in MSC research and development.