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Penn Dental Medicine Study Finds That Cavity-causing Microbes Have the Ability to Form Superorgranisms that Can Crawl on Teeth

A Penn Dental Medicine study found that cavity-causing microbes have the ability to form superorgranisms that can sprout “limbs” that propel them to“leap” to quickly spread on the tooth surfaces.

Penn Dental Medicine Researchers Discover Potential Peripheral Nerve Injury Treatment

In their research, the team used SIS stem cells derived from gingival tissue to treat transected facial nerve and sciatic nerve crush injuries in rats.

Penn Medicine to Conduct New Clinical Trial to Evaluate Safety and Efficacy of Chewing Gum Designed by School of Dental Medicine Researchers to Trap SARS-CoV-2 in Saliva

The trial will recruit participants from a pool of Penn Medicine employees whose responses to the PennOpen Pass screening system indicate that they may be infected with COVID-19.

New Applications for Teeth-Cleaning Microrobots, including Dental Treatment and Diagnostics

A proof-of-concept study has shown that these microrobots can also access the difficult-to-reach surfaces of the root canal with controlled precision.

New Penn Dental School Study Identifies Protein that Can Potentially Keep Bone Loss in Check

The research identifies the protein IFT80 as a key player in regulating populations of osteoclasts, cells that break down bone.

Penn Research on Chewing Gum that Could Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Enters Clinical Trial

Researchers are preparing to launch the first human trial to see how the gum affects active COVID-19 patients.

School of Dental Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Science Develop Hands-Free System to Brush and Floss Teeth Using Microrobots

In a proof-of-concept study, microrobots effectively cleaned plaque and decay-causing bacteria from both mock and human teeth. 

A chewing gum that could reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission

In experiments using saliva samples from COVID-19 patients, the gum, which contains the ACE2 protein, neutralized the virus, according to research led by School of Dental Medicine scientists.

Developing a chewing gum to reduce the incidence of Covid-19

A chewing gum impregnated with a plant-grown protein can serve as a “trap” for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, reducing viral load in the chewers saliva and potentially tamping down transmission.

Applications now being accepted for the President’s Innovation Prize

Unique to both Penn and across higher education, the Prize underscores the University’s considerable commitment to encouraging students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind.


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