In this interview, Dr. Rhonda Patrick talks to Dr. Frans Kuypers about his lab’s discovery on how the human placenta is a rich source of pluripotent stem cells, and yet the placenta is thrown away after delivery.

In this episode, we discuss... 

  • (00:00) Introduction 
  • (04:39) The human placenta as a source of hematopoietic cells
  • (11:30) Pluripotent cells can differentiate into any cell in the human body
  • (13:03) Public banking of abundant pluripotent placental stem cells
  • (18:06) Therapeutic applications of stem cells
  • (22:56) Stem cells as part of a physician’s toolkit 
  • (28:56) Epigenetics of induced pluripotent stem cells
  • (34:49) Biogenerators could use young cells to produce growth factors and other chemicals 
  • (38:36) Transferring blood from young mice into old mice regenerates tissues using GDF11
  • (43:32) Opportunities and challenges of banking stem cells
  • (52:49) Stem cells could eliminate deaths due to lack of bone marrow donors
  • (56:37) The way we fund research isn’t optimal for society

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