Friday, September 11, 2009

National Dental Museum Features Stem Cell Research during World Stem Cell Summit

The ‘Your Spitting Image’ exhibit on display at the National Museum of Dentistry features cutting-edge research that is being done using adult dental stem cells to grow replacement teeth. Bioengineers are already growing the crowns and roots of teeth, and it is anticipated that within the next 20 years we may be able to replace missing teeth with teeth of our own making. The exhibit explores how stem cells behave to form new teeth, and the scaffolding used to grow the stem cells into a tooth root form is on display.

The ‘Your Spitting Image’ exhibit explores the role of genetics in dentistry and what our mouths reveal about us. Visitors can find out how forensic scientists use dental records and DNA analysis to solve real missing person cases, discover the secrets revealed by saliva, and find out how your mouth is a window to health for our bodies.

The National Museum of Dentistry is located on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore at 31 S. Greene Street at Lombard. The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and college students with ID, UMB employees, and $3 for kids ages 3-18. Visit for more information.

Museum media contact: Amy Pelsinsky / / 410.706.0052

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