Keep your hair on! Stem cell breakthrough may cure baldness

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Keep your hair on! Stem cell breakthrough may cure baldness

Scientists can now create an unlimited supply of hair to replace your thatch

Sarah Knapton

A cure for baldness is on the horizon after stem cell scientists created hair that grows through the skin using human stem cells.

Currently, transplanting hair follicles from one part of the head to the other is the only option for the millions facing male pattern baldness, alopecia or burns. But now scientists in the US have coaxed human pluripotent stem cells – the type that can become anything – into dermal papilla cells, which regulate hair follicle formation, thickness, length and growth.

Usually, dermal papilla cells cannot be obtained in large enough amounts to be useful for restoring hair growth. But growing them from stem cells means scientists can create an unlimited supply for transplantation...

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