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Helen Blau: New life for old muscles

An expert in stem cell biology explains why our muscles weaken with age and what she and her colleagues are doing to bring strength back to tired muscles.
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Is it possible to counter the inevitable loss of muscle that comes along with aging? | Shutterstock/Olego Toroino

Helen Blau is a stem cell biologist and expert in why, as we age, our muscles weaken, even if we get exercise and try to stay fit. In an age when humans are living longer, our muscles are critical to living life to the fullest and Blau is helping them keep pace by recruiting stem cells to regenerate youthful muscle in older people.

Join us on this episode of Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast as Blau and host Russ Altman discuss the science of muscle regeneration.

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