Extracted teeth yields stem cells

ABC Science News

Scientists have found a new and relatively accessible supply line for stem cells that can grow into any type of cell in the human body – extracted teeth.

Like cells from embryos, the soft living tissue from inside teeth can be induced to become what are known as pluripotent stem cells, which have the potential to form several different cell types.

Unlike embryonic cells, which are extracted from days-old human embryos, generating stem cells from dental pulp is a relatively non-invasive and non-controversial process.

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