14:06 01 August 2013
If you’ve ever had the displeasure of wrestling with dental issues such as cracked or missing teeth, then this news may be a beacon of hope. We have all heard the debates about stem cell research, but based on reports, one of the most interesting recent discoveries was that stem cells were actually obtained from urine.
With stem cells, tooth-like formations were grown although the finished product was not as strong as normal a normal tooth. Urine seems like one of the least desirable sources for stem cells, but if these cells are easily obtainable and can be successfully differentiated, it may not just mean revolutionary dentistry, but improvements in stem cell research.
Obtaining stem cells from by-products is non-invasive and doesn’t entail the creation of living matter, and its destruction for the purpose of obtaining the stem cells.
Successful use of these easily acquired stem cells could mean vast improvements in a variety of different scientific and medical applications, and an alternative method to collecting stem cells that could make everyone more amenable to the idea.
It may be likely that this new approach to solving dental issues, and possibly a host of other medical issues, will be studied voraciously in the near future.
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