Iran ranks 3rd in harvesting stem cells from deciduous teeth

TEHRAN, July 19 (MNA) -– After the U.S. and Japan, Iran is the third country in the world to harvest stem cells from the pulp of deciduous teeth, head of research center of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences said here on Saturday.

According to Seyyed Behruz Musavi, Iranian scientists have discovered for six years that the pulp inside deciduous teeth is a treasure trove of fast-growing stem cells.


But, three years ago, they have succeeded in harvesting stem cells from the pulp and the human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED) for the first time in the country, Musavi said.


He added that the stem cells have the ability to differentiate into a wide variety of cell types including neural, bone, or hematopoietic cells.


They are not only derived from a very accessible tissue resource but are also capable of providing enough cells for clinical application, Musavi added.


In the coming 20 years, stem cell would be an unexpected unique resource for the treatment of about 80 percent of diseases, Musavi said, expressing hope that the Islamic Republic would enjoy considerable advantages in terms of new stem cell technology.






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