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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 12:26 PM

Scientists grow human tooth using stem cells taken from urine

Scientists in China say they have successfully grown a human tooth using stem cells taken from urine.

Researchers say the technique could one day be used as a way to replace teeth lost through aging and poor dental hygiene, with the added bonus that urine is deemed a less controversial source of stem cells than human embryos.

The team at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health extracted cells contained in the urine which would normally be passed from the body, such as those from the lining of the body's waterworks, and managed to coax them into becoming stem cells.

They then used these to implant the teeth-like structures in mice, and said the resulting bundle of cells eventually contained “dental pulp, dentin, enamel space and enamel organ,” researchers said.

The report, published in Cell Regeneration Journal, added that this could lead to further studies resulting in “the final dream of total regeneration of human teeth for clinical therapy”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-grow-human-tooth-using-stem-cells-taken-from-urine-8737936.html

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Tue Jul 30, 2013, 01:08 PM

1. Do they turn out yellow?

Just asking

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Response to Applan (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2013, 03:31 PM

2. This will give a huge boost

to all the tooth whitening products.

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