Monday, February 19, 2007

Tooth Regeneration Success!

CNN is reporting that Japanese scientists have successfully grown new teeth in a mouse using only a single original cell. And it wasn't a stem cell.

The original story appeared in Nature Methods.

This success puts us further on the path to growing replacement organs from a patients own cells. The ability to do this means a better alternative for astronauts on deep space missions who become seriously ill or injured.

Calling Dr. McCoy...

1 comment:

Darnell Clayton said...

This technology could prove useful indeed!

The only problem would be shielding this from the hazardous radiation that envelopes our star system.

Aside from that, growing a limb in micro-gravity will not only be useful for space colonists, but also for those fortunate enough to be born on planet Earth. ;-)