Friday, May 17, 2013

Alligator Stem Cells Offer Hope for Tooth Regeneration in Humans

As the son of two dentists, teeth have always been a strange fascination.  Now imagine my excitement when I read that ALLIGATORS may be the answer to losing our adult teeth. Researchers have looked into alligator stem cells as hope for tooth regeneration in humans as alligators also have implanted teeth.  Not only that, they can be replaced up to 50 times over their lifetime!

Though this work has just started, researchers said "In the future, we hope to isolate those cells from the dental lamina to see whether we can use them to regenerate teeth in the lab."

How awesome would that be? Part human, part alligator. Manalligator if you will.

Stay classy.

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