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MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS FROM TEETH ARE OPENING UP DIABETES TREATMENT POSSIBILITIES

Significant research is underway using mesenchymal stem cells to help treat diabetes, including cells sourced from bone marrow, cord blood, and the dental pulp in teeth.

A recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research showed that stem cells from teeth removed for orthodontic reasons were coaxed into cells that can produce insulin in a glucose responsive manner – early research which means mesenchymal stem cells from teeth might one day play a role in treating Type 1 diabetes.

Some key takeaways from this breakthrough research:

References: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21335539

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