Breakthroughs

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Breakthroughs, tips and trends: a lollipop that prevents tooth decay John Naish Tooth sweet A LOLLIPOP sweet that actively prevents tooth decay has hit the shops in America. It is the brainchild of Wenyuan Shi, a microbiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The orange-flavoured, sugar-free lollipop that Shi and his team at the university’s school of dentistry have devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in liquorice. It kills Streptococcus mutans , which is the primary cavity-causing bacterium. Marketed as Dr John’s Herbal Candy, the lollipop is being made by a confectionery manufacturer that licenses the technology from the university. The lollipop is the first commercial manifestation of Shi’s attempt to apply medical approaches to dentistry, by identifying the decay-causing pathogens among the 700 kinds of bacteria living in the human mouth, tracking their presence and then targeting them with antimicrobial “smart bombs” that he and his lab can engineer to attack the decay- causing bacteria without destroying good ones. Head-scratcher
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course CELL 101 taught by Professor Burdsal during the Spring '08 term at Tulane.

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