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article imageA World First Success in Bioengineering Tooth Transplant

By somethingelseunique     Feb 18, 2007 in Technology
Japanese researchers confirmed Sunday that they successfully replaced natural teeth in mice with teeth developed in a lab dish from single cells.
A team of researchers from the Tokyo University of Science have made progress in developing a bioengineered tooth that grew about 1.3mm long. This tooth was tested on an eight-week-old adult mouse and replaced the removed incisor. Two weeks after the transplant, researchers noted the tooth grew perfectly with the same composition and structure as a normal tooth.
This study is said to "provide the first evidence of successful reconstitution of an entire organ via the transplantion of bioengineered material."
Hopefully, we can eventually be able to apply this bioengineering technology to regrow teeth in humans.
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