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Stem cells ‘can be created from wisdom teeth’

13th September 2010

Scientists at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have discovered that wisdom teeth could be used as a convenient source of tissue for creating stem cells.

According to research, the soft pulp contained within third molars – which are routinely extracted among patients in developed nations – contain a large quantity of mesenchymal stromal cells that are similar to the tissue found inside bone marrow.

This tissue is considered ideal for the creation of induced-pluripotent stem cells, a technique developed in 2006 for converting adult cells into a stem cell-like state.

Until this point, this practice has been held back by a lack of readily available starter cells for use in the difficult reprogramming process, with skin cells proving inefficient for this purpose.

However, the researchers noted that this new discovery could lead to wisdom teeth being frozen to provide a "personal stem cell repository" for all patients.

This comes in the same week that AstraZeneca announced a new research collaboration with University College London in order to find a new stem cell cure for diabetes-induced blindness.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800062290-ADNFCR

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