Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Seaweed better than toothpaste?

Microbes found on seaweed could provide an unexpected weapon in the fight against tooth decay, scientists have said.

They used an enzyme isolated from the marine bacterium Bacillus licheniformis which they were originally researching for cleaning ships’ hulls.

Newcastle University scientists claim that the enzyme can 'cut through' plaque on teeth and clean hard-to-reach areas.


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