"Are wisdom teeth a potential source of stem cells?"

Q: Are wisdom teeth a potential source of stem cells?

A: Yes. In 2008, Japanese scientists confirmed that wisdom teeth can be used to harvest stem cells. Stem cells hold the potential to treat many diseases, but so far most stem cells have been harvested from embryos, a practice that has been very controversial. Stem cells harvested from wisdom teeth avoid any ethical issues.

While this is a very promising development, there are still years of research ahead before doctors can begin to use stem cells harvested from wisdom teeth to treat disease.

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