Stem cells inside your teeth could one day help repair eye scratches that cause blindness, scientists report February 23 in Stem Cells Translational Medicine.
The cornea is a thin outer layer of tissue that protects human eyes and helps focus light on the retina. Deep scratches can scar the cornea, sometimes resulting in blindness. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh propose using dental pulp stem cells as an alternative to hit-or-miss corneal transplants. The researchers engineered dental stem cells from extracted wisdom teeth to grow into a complex cornea-like structure. And mice injected with engineered dental pulp cells didn’t reject the tissue, a common problem with transplants.