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What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood has a source of high concentration of Haematopoietic stem cells that have the potential to renew and regenerate into various types of blood cells and help to form a new immune system.

Immediately after the birth of the baby, the umbilical cord that connects the baby with the placenta is clamped and cut. After securing good care of the baby, the extra blood from the placental side of umbilical cord is collected using specific procedure under aseptic conditions. This blood is known as a cord blood.

Cord blood has a source of high concentration of haematopoietic stem cells that have the potential to renew and regenerate into various types of blood cells and help to form a new immune system. These blood forming stem cells are similar to those found in an adult bone marrow but are more naive in nature and have much higher potential to regenerate and repair than adult bone marrow stem cells. Also, their antigenic representation is much weaker than adult stem cells. And such, there are less changes of graft versus host disease (donor immune cells attacking the patients).

Hence these stem cells can be used as an alternative to adult bone marrow. For many years, cord blood stem cells have been proven to be particularly useful in transplants for various disease of blood and immune system as well as a few metabolic disorders.