Stem Cells Could Treat Hair Loss

Got too much scalp? A new way to treat hair loss that doesnt involve solutions, creams or hocus-pocus could be on the way.

Scientists at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have developed a stem cell method that initiates human hair growth.

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Stem cells are the baseline, progenitor cells of all cells in our body. Using a genetic technique, Alexey Terskikh, an associate professor at the institute, and his colleagues coaxed stem cells to become dermal papilla cells.

These cells regulate the formation and growth cycle of hair follicles.

When transplanted into lab mice, the dermal papilla cells promoted the growth of hair.

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Our next step is to transplant human dermal papilla cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells back into human subjects, said Terskikh. We are currently seeking partnerships to implement this final step.

Snake-oil salesmen need not apply.

via Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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