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How are cord tissue stem cells different from other sources of stem cells?

Umbilical cord tissue and the tissue of the placenta are rich sources of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC). Currently MSC are the most popular form of cells that are being used in clinical trials and are appearing in published regenerative medicine research. MSC show great promise for treating a wide variety of auto-immune disorders and treating injuries to muscle or bone (heart disease, sports injuries). The MSC from birth sources, such as cord tissue and the placenta, grow faster than MSC from adult donors and have never been exposed to disease.

Perinatal Stem Cells 2nd edition 2013; book published by Wiley