TweakTown

Researchers pioneer lab-grown teeth with groundbreaking laser method

The lab success of this new method is a breakthrough in regenerative stem cell research.

@wegotblankets
Tamlin Magee
Published Sat, May 31 2014 8:47 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

It's now possible for scientists to regrow actual teeth thanks to the efforts of a team of scientists. A Harvard-led team of researchers found that using a laser beam could trigger human dental stem cells, causing them to create dentin - the kind of tissue that's found underneath the enamel and makes up the majority of the average tooth.

Researchers pioneer lab-grown teeth with groundbreaking laser method | TweakTown.com

It's historically been difficult to coax stem cells into this kind of specialized growth, according to Digital Trends. But this new technique has done the trick in a lab environment and with animal models. This laser method, outlined in the Science Translational Medicine journal, could even be used for different organic materials if development continues.

It's probably not time to throw out the Colgate just yet, but for now this is a promising step forward in the area of regenerative stem cell research.

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription

Latest News

View More News

Latest Reviews

View More Reviews

Latest Articles

View More Articles