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Does the human tongue regenerate?

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The human tongue does not regenerate by itself; however, adult stem cells help heal damaged tissues. Adult stem cells are being harvested, isolated and then manipulated for research. Progress has been made for new forms of treatment.

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To understand regeneration and healing functions of the human body, a small muscle sample is collected from the patient. Then the stem cells are grown from the patients' fat in a sealed, sterile laboratory. The patients’ unique cells are harvested from a small incision in their neck or thigh. Research labs study stem cells in clinical use to manufacture therapeutic medication and, more importantly, to test for viable means of tongue regeneration.

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