September 25. 2010
I just returned from 4 days in Seattle at the National Association of Dental Plans annual Converge Conference. While the meeting was extremely interesting the most interesting part was lunch with a close friend, Doyle Williams.
Doyle was telling me the details of his three appearances on the Today Show, a feat accomplished because he made it a point to learn about how recent extractions of deciduous (baby) teeth can be a source of Stem cells for research and eventually cures of chronic health problems.
Boston, Doyle’s base of operations, is one of two private banks where teeth are harvested for their pulpal mesenchymal cells and stored until someone in the family DNA has need for them. The most obvious would be for juvenile diabetes and Doyle informed me that research using these stem cells is very promising for creating insulin-producing cells.
I must find out more about this. Wandering through Google today was enlightening, but I’m not there yet. An old friend, Grant Sadler seems to be in the midst of things. I think I’ll look him up.