Baldness does not affect health, but it can affect the self-esteem of those affected. There are various therapies, but no cure that can reverse the process.
Baldness, the turning point comes from Japan
Now, however, a team in Japan may have found a solution to restore hair growth.
Researchers used stem cells to create hair follicles that can regrow hair after it falls out.
This is how hair growth should work. Hair loss is natural, but each strand of hair should be replaced with a new one that grows back in its place. Scientists of the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research have published a paper on Nature Scientific Reports which details their progress with mammalian stem cells.
Research to eliminate baldness
The team took hair and whiskers cells from the mice and cultured them in the lab alongside other ingredients. After testing 220 different combinations, the researchers found that one type of collagen associated with five factors leads to the highest rate of stem cell amplification in the shortest period of time.
A "definitive" treatment for baldness is to produce hair that can grow back after its natural fall. The chosen combination was able to go through at least three cycles of complete hair production and regeneration.
The team discovered the validity of Itgβ5, a specific marker on stem cells grown for testing.
"Our culture system establishes a method for the cyclic regeneration of hair follicles from hair follicle stem cells," sayMakoto Takeo e Takashi Tsuji, co-authors of the study. "It will help make hair follicle regeneration therapy a reality in the near future."
Before this baldness cure becomes commercially available, it has to pass clinical trials. So far, RIKEN researchers have demonstrated stem cell therapy in preclinical laboratory tests. Tsuji said the institute is seeking external collaborators to help develop clinical applications for the new hair growth technology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.