Could there be a baldness cure coming sometime soon? A new study on rats out of Japan shows promise that people who go bald may be able to regrow their hair.
In the study, researchers implanted hair follicles that had been created using adult stem cells. Those new follicles successfully grew hair. Quite honestly, pictures of the bald rats look pretty funny, but the fact that the tufts of hair represent a baldness cure is exciting for many people.
The great news about the implanted follicles is that they not only grew the original hair, the growth cycles continued normally as the hairs fell out. Can you believe it? Are you or somebody you know going bald? If so, would you consider something like this as a baldness cure?
While curing baldness is really great, this study has even better implications. Professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science said, "Our current study thus demonstrates the potential for not only hair regeneration therapy but also the realisation of bioengineered organ replacement using adult somatic stem cells."
That is truly exciting. There are so many people who need an organ donation, and if bioengineered organs become available it will truly change people's lives throughout the world.
Clinical trials for the hair regeneration will begin in the next three to five years, and within the next decade, then this will likely be available for everybody. There is no word on how soon this may be applied to bioengineered organs.
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