Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Alligators’ infinite teeth

Grow-your-own teeth!

A research team led by Professor Cheng-Ming Chuong from USC are studying how alligators turn on the control to regenerate their teeth. They replace their teeth throughout their lives. Researchers believe that dental lamina- which is also present in human teeth- may play an important role in teeth regeneration, suggesting/hoping that maybe this is a possibility in our own mouths when teeth fall out.

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As always, the connection between research and application takes a long time but this is exciting. Also because of this comment under this article:

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Between watching Nikita (Michael got a new hand made from his own cells!) and this news, I wonder what century I woke up in…

Have you played Where’s My Water? You tweak valves and levers to get water to an alligator waiting to take a shower. I played it all the time when I was babysitting and usually the kiddos would be so much better than me.

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