Japanese researchers has succeeded in engineering stem cell taken from tooth germ to quickly develop into liver or bone tissues, local reports said.

A joint team of scientists from Osaka University and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology’s Research Institute for Cell Engineering succeeded in repairing damaged liver and bones in rats using stem cell taken from wisdom tooth germ, the newspaper Daily Yomiuri reported.

The team discovered that the tooth germ can be turned into bone, nerves or liver cells by stimulating it with hormones.

The newly-discovered method, which creates cells of organs faster than the one that uses stem cell from bone marrow, raises hopes of developing regenerative medicine using wisdom teeth germ taken from people during orthodontic treatment.

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