posted on Mar, 17 2013 @ 06:37 PM
Scientists have announced that they have grown new teeth, complete with roots using cells from human adult gum tissue.
Teasing Out New Teeth
"Researchers mix cells from human adult gum tissue with tooth-inducing cells from mouse embryos to grow new hybrid teeth complete with
Cells taken from adult human gums can be combined with cells from the molars of fetal mice to form teeth with viable roots, according to research
published this week in the Journal of Dental Research. The method remains a long way from clinical use, but the findings represent a step toward the
goal of growing bio-engineered replacements for lost teeth.
Teeth develop when embryonic epithelial cells in the mouth combine with mesenchymal cells derived from the neural crest. Previous studies have shown
that these cells can be combined in the lab to formal normal teeth, but the challenge was to find non-embryonic source of the cells that could be used
in the clinic.
Implants may have been out for a while, but this is definitely great news for medical technology.
Anyone else feel like we are right on the brink of some "medical renaissance"?
How long will it be before doctors and dentists are 3D printing their patients new teeth, organs, etc.?
This is good stuff for anyone missing a tooth or two (or five, or all) --- Certainly this will not be cheap, but in five years, what new kinds of
technology will we be experiencing? Surely as this becomes more commonplace, the price for these procedures will go down!
Exciting stuff, if anyone has any other information they would like to add, please feel free to reply to this thread.
And happy St. Patty's Day - Worry not if you happen to fall on your face, you'll be growing new teeth in no time
edit on 17-3-2013 by
ThinkingCap because: (no reason given)