Anybody who knows anything knows that stem cells are useful tools in the treatment of certain specific diseases. Anybody who knows anything also knows that the argument about using embryonic stem cells is an argument that doesn’t have to happen.
Stem cells are found in a wide variety of places, including body fat, umbilical cord blood, and now, Japanese scientists report that they have derived stem cells from….wisdom teeth!
Researchers at the government-backed National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology said they created stem cells of the type found in human embryos using the removed wisdom teeth of a 10 year old girl.
Stem cells, which can develop into various organs or nerves, are seen as having the potential to save lives by helping find cures for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, and many others. People who give up their wisdom teeth in their youth could use the stem cells later in life if they need treatment.
Japan is the largest spender on scientific research after the United States. In December, they announced a $92 million plan to advance stem cell research over five years.