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C. A Future without Tooth Decay?

Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have developed a targeted anti-microbial therapy called STAMP, which works like a smart bomb in that it targets harmful bacteria in the body while leaving helpful bacteria intact. Dr. Wenyuan Shi, who developed STAMP, says this therapy may someday be used as an alternative to current conventional antibiotics and in many practical applications.

Shi: My ideal dream is to put those STAMPS into baby formula. We're creating a new generation of the population and we'll never need to get tooth decay ever again, because if you essentially don't give the bad bacteria a chance to colonize it, you only allow the good bacteria to stay there and then they can actually protect them for the rest of their life.

Narrator: Shi adds that the potential of this targeted anti-microbial therapy is great.

Shi: It's our ultimate goal just like we wiped out polio in this Earth; it's possible that someday we can rely on technology like this to actually wipe out tooth decay.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.