In a major breakthrough, scientists discover solution for baldness

Hair can be regrown through the skin of mice using dermal papilla cells.

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  • Scientists have discovered a solution for baldness.
  • Hair can be regrown through the skin of mice using dermal papilla cells.
  • Dermal papilla cells are derived from human pluripotent stem cells.
  • The findings were presented in Los Angeles at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

In a major breakthrough, scientists have come up with a solution for baldness. The groundbreaking findings were presented in Los Angeles during the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.

In a meeting, scientists and researchers have hinted that a cure for baldness might be in sight. They have come forward with a “critical breakthrough” in the treatment for baldness as they create natural-looking hair from stem cells.


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How will it be done?

The US researchers informed the meeting they have refined a method which allowed them to grow hair through the skin of mice using dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells. The study was conducted via a human stem as they were combined with mice cells before they were attached to a 3D biodegradable scaffold.

The scaffold was made from the same material as dissolvable stitches. The experiment successfully controlled the direction of hair growth and aided the stem cells to integrate into the skin.

“Our new protocol… 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 iPSC-derived dermal papilla cells,” said Alexey Terskik, of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California.

Scientists are now looking at implementing the same process in humans to treat hair loss.  The experts claim that there is an “unlimited” supply of stem cells and can be derived from a simple blood draw.

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