Pig teeth grown in rats intestines

Damien damien07 at netzero.net
Fri Sep 27 00:00:59 EST 2002


Source: http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml;jsessionid=ZSQUXRUD4MKFCCRBAEZSFFA?type=sciencenews&StoryID=1500877

Doctors Grow Pig Teeth in Rat Intestines
 
September 26, 2002 11:26 AM ET   

BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. doctors have managed to grow pig teeth in rat 
intestines, a feat of bioengineering they said on Thursday could spark
a
dental revolution.

Researchers at the Forsyth Institute said their successful experiment 
suggests the existence of dental stem cells, which could one day allow
a
person to replace a lost or missing tooth with an identical tooth
grown
from his or her own cells.

The research may signal that the days of synthetic dental implants -- 
dentures, bridges and crowns -- are numbered.

...

The researchers said they hope that within five years they will have 
developed techniques to grow teeth of a specific size and shape, and
that
within 10 years it will be possible to regenerate human teeth.

...

Full-text: http://www.reuters.com/news_article.jhtml;jsessionid=ZSQUXRUD4MKFCCRBAEZSFFA?type=sciencenews&StoryID=1500877


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