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Stem Cell Project

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Kelsey Johnson

on 19 September 2012

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Kelsey Johnson Stem Cell Project Stem Cells can create a multitude of new cells
Often of specific types of cells that are necessary for an individuals survival or healing
Stem Cells are the potential doorway to solving many serious diseases and helping injured people fix or grow what they need
They hold the ability to divide and differentiate into different cells What are Stem Cells used for? Researchers in Japan recently grew completely new, functional teeth in mice using stem cells
Implanted "tooth germs" into the gums to grow the new teeth
Fully functional teeth ensued, including enamel and blood vessels
Nerve fibers grew as well, responding to pain stimulation What are Scientists doing with them? This was the first time a fresh 3D organ has been grown into an animal with just a few cells
Could allow for regenerative therapies
Could open potential of growing new, fully functional organs and other body parts for those who need them
Allow for these parts to be accepted by the body How could this affect us? Siddique, Haroon. "Scientists Use Stem Cells to Grow Fully Functioning Teeth in Mice." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 03 Aug. 2009. Web. 19 Sept. 2012. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2009/aug/03/bioengineered-teeth-grown-in-mice>. Citations
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