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During episode 22, we see a test between Sarada's DNA and Karin's preserved umbilical cord. I can understand Orochimaru being the type of person to keep DNA on all his staff, but is there any symbolism, cultural significance or plot reason why in particular an umbilical cord?

  • I think there might be something cultural about it, it came up once in Mushi-shi once. – IG_42 Sep 3 '17 at 23:25
  • There are some weird rituals out there. Karin is kind of weird personality wise, still loving Sasuke even after he actively stabs her and says she is unneeded. Its not that big of a shcoker that since she helped deliver Sasuke and Sakuras Baby, that she would want some kind of memento that she was there, delivering Sasukes baby. Its probably the best thing she can get in the current situation, since she cant actually get Sasuke. – Ryan Sep 6 '17 at 15:30
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I don't think there is, my guess is that it's just a real life reference to the medical field where umbilical cords are kept, as they have stem cells that are helpful to treat some conditions.

Those cells can differentiate into different types of cells, which would give some scientific base to some actions he has done, as injecting Hashirama's cells.

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