Dr. Frans Kuypers on Placenta as a Source of Bankable Stem Cells

Posted on December 17th 2014 (about 5 years)

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. They discuss how his lab has shown that the stem cells from the placenta can be transformed into neuron-like cells, fat cells, bone cells, endothelial cells (relevant for lung and blood vessels), and liver cells. His lab also developed a technique for harvesting 5 to 7 times more hematopoietic stem cells from placenta than is currently retrieved from cord blood, a more standard, established source that is used worldwide for bone-marrow transplant.

"So, in the next decades, what we'll see is that these pluripotent stem cells, stem cells that are able to become any tissue, will now become a tool in the toolbox of a physician to repair whatever needs to be repaired." - Dr. Frans Kuypers Click To Tweet

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