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May 19, 2007

Stem Cell Treatment for Baldness

No, the treatment has not been developed for humans but studies show concrete results in animals:

IT could be the answer to the prayers of millions of bald men. Scientists have coaxed stem cells into growing hair for the first time.

Within a decade, advances in stem-cell science could help them to regrow their own hair where it has been lost.

The breakthrough could also lead to new treatments for other conditions, such as alopecia, in which hair is lost in patches.

Writing in the journal Nature, American scientists described how they had shown that adult mammals were able to grow new hair follicles.

It had been thought that follicles, the tiny structures responsible for hair growth, were always formed before birth, with their gradual death leading to baldness.


Posted May 19, 2007 9:58 AM


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