A baldness cure may be just a few years away now that a team of U.S. and U.K. researchers have figured out how to grow new hairs from tissue samples.
Scientists from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and the University of Durham believe they can "revolutionize" hair loss treatment and perhaps even find a cure for baldness using their new method, according to Fox News.
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The technique involves harvesting cells from the base of a human hair follicle and then cloning them. In the lab experiments, the clones were then implanted into human skin grafted to the back of a mouse.
In five of the seven trials, the mouse grew new hair.
"It's closer, but it's still some way away because in terms of what people want cosmetically they're looking for re-growth of hair that's the same shape, the same size, as long as before, the same angle. Some of these are almost engineering solutions," Colin Jahoda, a Durham University professor, told the BBC of a potential cure for baldness.
"[But] yeah I think it will eventually be treatable, absolutely."
The researchers' discovery could potentially be applied in many ways — to grow hair follicles for traditional transplantation, to implant in skin grafts for burn victims, or even to be injected directly into the scalp for men suffering from male pattern baldness.
"We'd like to think of this as an advancement in using regenerative medicine — or using the body's own cells to restore their hair," lead researcher Angela Christiano, associate professor of molecular dermatology at Columbia, told Fox News. "Is that a cure for baldness? Technically, I guess it is."
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