The world’s first tooth regrowth medication has shown promise in animal trials and is progressing to human clinical trials in Japan. The drug is the first medication-based way to stimulate tooth regrowth or tooth development for those with dental conditions. Katsu Takahashi, a Japanese dentist, discovered that a specific gene-protein interaction is responsible for lack of teeth in mice. By introducing this new drug, which prevents the protein from interacting with the gene, teeth were able to develop normally. Takahashi is now leading the movement to bring the drug to humans. This development could be a life changing medication for those with dental conditions like anodontia and oligodontia where natural teeth are lacking.
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