Grow Back Lost Teeth With This New Drug
Scientists from a Japanese pharmaceutical startup called Toregem Biopharma are planning to test a new drug that can help grow new teeth in people. They have already successfully grown new teeth in mice and ferrets.
Dr. Katsu Takahashi, the main scientist in charge, has been involved in this research project since his days as a graduate student. He discovered a gene in mice that affects tooth growth. By blocking this gene with a special medicine, they were able to make teeth grow.
Now, they want to test this medicine on healthy adults and, if it works, they plan to try it on children with a rare disorder that causes them to have missing teeth.
If everything goes well, this new medicine could be available for approval by 2030, providing another option for people who need new teeth, alongside dentures and implants.
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