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What are the benefits of cord tissue banking?
Just like cord blood banking for the family, cord tissue banking is a form of biological insurance, where parents bank their baby’s stem cells for future therapies.
The two main benefits of banking both cord blood and cord tissue are: (1) to have more stem cells from the same child and (2) to have different types of cells.
However, parents should not feel obligated to spend extra money to bank cord tissue. The reason is that, unlike cord blood, therapies with cord tissue do not require matching the donor and patient. Should you or your child ever need a treatment with cells from cord tissue, it will be easier and less expensive to purchase an off-the-shelf cell therapy product, rather than try to make a custom therapy from you child's cells. There will not be any advantage to having your own cells, since the cells do not need to be matched.