How Are These Stem Cells Harvested?

After a child is born, the mother may donate the umbilical cord to a tissue bank. The tissue bank then screens the umbilical cord for any diseases or viruses (e.g., HEP A, HEP B, HEP C, HIV, cytomegalovirus, etc.). The mother is screened as well. Once the tissue is safely screened and accepted for human use, jelly (called Wharton’s jelly) is scrapped from the umbilical cord and cryogenically frozen.