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Stem Cells From Urine Can Create Teeth

Potentially other organs as well


Stem cell research is opening up the way for new teeth "grown" from an unlikely source—human urine.

Chinese researchers describe how stem cells derived from urine could be used to generate solid organs and tissues, including teeth. Their study is published this week in the open-access journal Cell Regeneration. The researchers hope the technique might one day help provide new, tailor-made teeth for dental patients.