Should we bank umbilical cord tissue?

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Should we bank umbilical cord tissue?
« on: 01/04/2012 10:03:01 »
nboston123 asked the Naked Scientists:
   Hello Naked Scientists! Love the show.

My wife and I are expecting our second child in June. For our first, we banked his cord blood.  We are looking to do the same with baby number 2, but the company (the same one that banked our son's blood 8 years ago) is trying to sell us on also banking cord tissue which, it says, is a "very rich source of mesenchymal stem cells."  It doesn't actually say what these cells do, except that they have "regenerative" properties.  The salesperson told us on the phone that they are better because they are more developed and therefore have the potential to do more things.  What does the science say?  I know this is a new area and there's not a lot of firm knowledge, but banking cord blood seemed speculative enough and I feel like cord tissue is even more so and that I'm being taken for a ride. Thank you!

Boston, Mass., USA
What do you think?
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