Japanese Scientists Grow Stem Cell Tooth

06 February 2012

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Recently, Japanese scientists reported they have grown an entire tooth from stem cells implanted into the kidney of a mouse. The team grew the tooth from a mouse’s stem cells, which were grown inside a drop of collagen, and placed inside a living mouse’s kidney. The new tooth was then successfully transplanted into another mouse’s jaw.

Cellular biologists say creating a fully functional, complex cell tissue is the vital step scientists have been waiting for and is an exciting step forward.

To be able to recreate a complete tooth under laboratory conditions is a big accomplishment.

The scientists in Japan say the ultimate goal is to also grow livers and kidneys to relieve the world’s shortage of organs for transplants.

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