AFP News: Japan study raises hopes of cure for baldness

TOKYO, April 19 — Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on hairless mice by implanting follicles created from stem cells, they announced yesterday, sparking new hopes of a cure for baldness.

Handout picture taken on April 13, 2012 and released by the Tsuji Lab Research Institute for Science and Technology of the Tokyo University of Science shows a hairless mouse with black hair on its back at the laboratory in Noda, Chiba Prefecture. — AFP pic

Led by Professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, the team bioengineered hair follicles and transplanted them into the skin of hairless mice.

The creatures eventually grew hair, which continued regenerating in normal growth cycles after old hairs fell out.

When stem cells are grown into tissues or organs, they usually need to be extracted from embryos, but Tsuji and his researchers found hair follicles can be grown with adult stem cells, the study 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,” it said.

The combination of the new and existing technologies is expected to improve treatment for baldness, possibly allowing people to use their own cells for implants that will give them their hair back.

“We would like to start clinical research within three to five years, so that an actual treatment to general patients can start within a decade,” said researcher Koh-ei Toyoshima.

The study is published in the online science magazine Nature Communications. — AFP-Relaxnews

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Comment by Calipso on April 19, 2012 at 1:24pm

So they would put hair follicle transplants one by one on to the scalp? ok thanks, but I would not like that...
Cool that they are making progress, but hope there will be a bit easier solution.

Comment by BTB (John) on April 20, 2012 at 6:58am
Always have put my faith in modern medicine to come up with a cure better than any lotions and potions.
Comment by Rose Marie' on April 26, 2012 at 2:03pm

Hi Josh

Thanks for the info. Isn't that good stuff!!

Narns (Rosy)

Comment by Emily Horsley on April 27, 2012 at 4:31am

think I'll just stay as I am thanks, looks painful - poor mice, they look cold!

Comment by Nicole on May 2, 2012 at 2:46pm

I am with you Calipso. I would have to pass on this type of treatment. It sounds like it would be painful. I do give them credit for making the progress to come up with a solution to cure baldness.

Comment by Amanda on May 8, 2012 at 10:43pm
Poor mouse. :(


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