“Dental pulp is a very valuable source of non-controversial mesenchymal stem cells that show great future potential in treating many disorders, given the fact that these mesenchymal cells can be extracted from teeth, opens up a new opportunity for every member of the family to preserve these valuable stem cells as a personal or family medical resource for future use”, said Charis Ober, Co-Founder of Save the Cord Foundation.
Dental pulp stem cells, found in the pulp chamber of teeth, are a relatively new discovery in the realm of adult stem cells; they have the ability to differentiate into numerous cell types including bone, muscle, nerve, cartilage and fat. Dental pulp stem cells hold the potential of possibly regenerating damaged tissues and organs in the body by stimulating organs to heal themselves. These cells may be one of the most promising cell-therapies in the future. In the past, extracted teeth and related tissue have been viewed as a medical waste and discarded, resulting in a loss of this potential life-saving resource. Now clients can save these cells so they are available to them in the future should they be necessary.
“Very much like cord blood, a child’s loose tooth, extracted wisdom or adult teeth and pulpectomy can provide first-rate stem cells that can potentially be used in cellular-therapy based applications down the road in the emerging field of regenerative or personalized medicine”, added Jose Cirino, Director of Operations at GeneCell International, who was interviewed on the topic of dental pulp stem cells.
The significance of these cells is that they can differentiate and give rise to ma
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved