Scientists May Be Able To Grow Teeth In The Lab

February 24, 2009

Oregon (ChattahBox) – Scientists have discovered a new gene that is responsible for the creation of enamel, raising hopes that they would be able to grow healthy teeth in the lab, and remove the need for dentures and tooth caps.

Enamel is a coating over the teeth, which protects them from damage, and allows them to remain healthy.

The research comes on the heels of other studies done, in which scientists were able to grow teeth, without enamel, in animals. The result is incomplete, but with both discoveries, there may be a way to combine them, and create healthy teeth.

“A lot of work would still be needed to bring this to human applications, but it should work, Dr. Chrissa Kioussi, who led the project, said. β€œIt could be really cool, a whole new approach to dental health.”


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