Find the Best Plan in Your Area
Find The Right Dentist For You
A team of Japanese researchers say they have created stem cells from wisdom teeth, an advance which could potentially help scientists find cures for fatal diseases.
Lead researcher Hajime Ogushi of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology told AFP that the breakthrough is significant because it avoids the ethical issues that have arisen from using human embryos in the same way.
"Wisdom teeth are destined to be thrown away anyway," he said. "Because extractions of wisdom teeth are commonly operated in dental clinics, we can expect a lot of donors of stem cells."
The scientists were able to successfully use teeth that had been preserved for three years, suggesting that the donor bank will be easy to maintain.
In 2005, Dr Pamela Gehron Robey of the National Institutes of Health raised the issue of using wisdom teeth for stem cells at an American Dental Association conference.
© 2008 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.