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Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 25th 2009, 01:23 AM

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(Newser) – Scientists have identified a gene that grows tooth enamel and could be the missing link needed to grow teeth in labs—perhaps rendering fillings and dentures obsolete, the BBC reports. Researchers had already figured out how to grow the insides of animal teeth, but not enamel, which can’t grow back naturally. Tests in mice lacking the key gene led to the discovery.
The Ctip2 gene is essential in the growth and function of cells that produce enamel, Oregon scientists found. Using knowledge of the gene alongside stem-cell research could either help create teeth or strengthen and repair enamel in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot of work would still be needed to bring this to human applications, but it should work,” said the head researcher.
I think this is possibly the coolest thing I have heard about all day. Growing teeth sounds amazing, especially for all of the people with teeth issues.


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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 25th 2009, 10:27 PM

That's... weirdly cool.

Personally I have teeth problems and this would be amazing for me.



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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 25th 2009, 11:43 PM

My teeth are super susceptible to cavities and other issues, so if this goes mainstream, I'm alllll for it.
Oh, that could be good for helping people with really sensitive teeth too. Because I definitely have that problem and it sucks.

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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 25th 2009, 11:45 PM

That's pretty interesting. I'm all for new developments in the health field. :]


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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 27th 2009, 12:07 AM

Hooray for discoveries! Apparently beavers and hamsters' teeth never stop growing, kind of like fingernails. That would be kind of useful, because then you'd never had to worry about losing your teeth.


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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 27th 2009, 12:10 AM

It is still no substitute for keeping your own teeth healthy
   
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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 27th 2009, 12:12 AM

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It is still no substitute for keeping your own teeth healthy
Yeah, I have a slight fear of getting teeth knocked out though. You can't really do anything about that, although I agree people should take better care of their teeth. It's so disgusting when someone has terrible breath.


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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 27th 2009, 12:58 AM

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Hooray for discoveries! Apparently beavers and hamsters' teeth never stop growing, kind of like fingernails. That would be kind of useful, because then you'd never had to worry about losing your teeth.
Have you ever had to have your teeth filed? Hamsters and beavers teeth are worn down by their constant chewing. We would look like Bucky the beaver after a couple of days if we had teeth that kept growing.

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I agree, you really should do all that you can to keep your teeth healthy. After all of my hard years in braces, I want to keep my nice teeth. However, I run the extreme risk of having them knocked out because of sports so... I just hope not.


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Re: Lab-Grown Teeth Could Kill Need for Fillings - February 27th 2009, 11:24 PM

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Have you ever had to have your teeth filed? Hamsters and beavers teeth are worn down by their constant chewing. We would look like Bucky the beaver after a couple of days if we had teeth that kept growing.

I agree, you really should do all that you can to keep your teeth healthy. After all of my hard years in braces, I want to keep my nice teeth. However, I run the extreme risk of having them knocked out because of sports so... I just hope not.
Haha yes I know our teeth don't wear down, I just found it kind of interesting. It would also be nice to not have to worry about forever losing your teeth. (Though of course the filing would be an inconvenience! )


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