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Friday, 15th July 2011
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Japanese scientists grow mouse tooth from stem cells

Scientists from Japan have announced that they have achieved a momentous first in the field of stem cell research.

Masamitsu Oshima, the assistant professor at the Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, revealed that his team have created teeth from mice stem cells, according to Reuters.

Furthermore, the scientists also transplanted this tooth into the mouth of another mouse, while Mr Oshima told the news provider that the experiment had created a fully operation tooth.

"The bioengineered teeth were fully functional there was no trouble biting and eating food after transplantation," he said.

A large part of stem cell research is the practice of experimenting on the cells, which divide and replicate by themselves, to see if it is possible to create living organs with the eventual aim of being able to transplant these into humans who have diseases in these parts of their body.

Written by Mark Smith