From Wisdom Comes Vision

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported that stem cells from the pulp (nerve) of a patient’s wisdom tooth can be coaxed to turn into the cells of the cornea because they have the same embryonic origin. This would potentially allow a patient to use their own cells to “grow” a transplant to repair damaged corneal cells. Corneal blindness affects millions of people worldwide. The findings were published online February 23, 2015 in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine.