Leaving lost primary teeth underneath a pillow and awaiting the arrival of the Tooth Fairy is a standard procedure for many kids. However, British scientists from Imperial College of London are asking children to donate their baby teeth, so that the biologists can create a unique piece of artwork that will raise awareness about the potential of collecting stem cells from non-essential human bone structures.
The researchers said that they will give the charitable children tokens to leave under their pillows, so that they will still receive a reward from the Tooth Fairy.
"Different cultures have different traditions about where these teeth go, and what they are used for," artist Gina Czarnecki said.
She explained that the group hopes to raise awareness of biomedical advancements that may allow scientists to use teeth or bones in stem cell research, as opposed to embryonic materials.
According to the Tooth Fairy Poll conducted by Minnesota dentists, American kids receive and average of $2.52 per lost tooth. However, the survey results showed that some children collect as much as $100 from the mythical figure.
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