Baldness may soon be a thing of the past now! A group of US Scientists claim to have discovered a "critical breakthrough" in the treatment for baldness after creating natural-looking hair from stem cells. In a study conducted by Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, California on mice, human stem cells were grafted onto a tiny 'scaffold' which was then implanted under the skin and led to hair growing normally. This breakthrough described as a 'critical breakthrough', if the claims prove correct could help millions of people, young, old who suffer from baldness for reasons such as age, genes or illness.
The Daily Mail reports that this baldness cure has in fact been already tried on-to testing on people by a company in the US, Stemson Therapeutics. Scientists from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute revealed their findings at the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) conference in Los Angeles on Thursday in Los Angeles.
'Our new protocol described today overcomes key technological challenges that kept our discovery from real-world use,' said Dr Alexey Terskikh.
'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 cells.
'This is a critical breakthrough in the development of cell-based hair-loss therapies and the regenerative medicine field.'
The technique that works by using cells called dermal papillae, which resides in the hair follicle and controls hair growth, thickness and length are now hence been looked-at by scientists who will apply the same process in humans as a treatment for hair loss, claiming there is an "unlimited" supply of stem cells which can be derived from a simple blood draw.