[A Cure For Baldness]
Author: alice Date: 14 November, Category: Fact, Visits 2478
Japanese researchers have sparked hopes of finding a cure for human baldness after successfully growing hair on hairless mice by implanting follicles created from stem cells, Agence France Presse reports.
According to The Wall Street Journal, a team of scientists led by professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science were also able to play around with the density and color of the hair. Their findings were published online in the journal Nature Communications.
But don't toss out your Rogaine yet. As ScienceNews.org noted, "these findings do not show whether the number of human hair follicles can be amplified, so that more hair is produced"— as it is, the hairs had to be implanted one at a time, which could be a much bigger job on a balding human than on a mouse.
Pictures taken on April 13, 2012 and released by the Tsuji Lab Research Institute for Science and Technology of the Tokyo University of Science shows a hairless mouse with black hair on its back at the laboratory in Noda, Chiba Prefecture. (Photo by Tokyo University of Science via AFP)