Pig teeth grown in rats intestines
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Fri Sep 27 00:00:59 EST 2002
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
Researchers at the Forsyth Institute said their successful experiment
suggests the existence of dental stem cells, which could one day allow
person to replace a lost or missing tooth with an identical tooth
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
within 10 years it will be possible to regenerate human teeth.
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