It's commonly believed that no two sets of human teeth are alike. It seems reasonable, then, that bite patterns made by those teeth should be as unique as the teeth themselves, though this has not been scientifically proven.
Now, a team of researchers at Marquette University has gotten one step closer. Researchers Dr. L. Thomas Johnson and Dr. Thomas Radmer ultimately hope that the scientific analysis of the patterns will provide a more objective basis for analysis and comparison of bite-mark evidence in criminal trials.
"This project will put science behind the impression that a person's pattern of bites is unique," said Dr. Radmer, assistant professor and director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Marquette.
The full version of this story appeared on the front page of the Pulse section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007.
Marquette experts can offer expertise and insights on hundreds of topics by helping you over the phone, sitting down for an interview or providing background to give a story more context.