Snippet from the article:
For the first time, scientists in Germany have grown hair follicles from stem cells. The feat has brought scientists a step closer to creating a cure for baldness. The study used cells taken from animals, but researchers hope to create human hair follicles from human stem cells within a year.
Stem cells are the body’s master cells. With manipulation in the lab, they can be grown into any tissue in the human body from blood to bone and even whole organs. Although stem cells are seen as the holy grail for medicine, progress has been slow and very few treatments are widely available.
However, Professor Roland Lauster at Berlin’s Technical University believes his work could be a step towards providing treatment for the 80 per cent of people who suffer from hair loss worldwide. Lauster claims the treatment â€“ which would probably require the hair follicles to be implanted on to the head â€“ could be available in five years.
Read the full text — A cure for baldness â€˜could be available in 5 years’
This is quite interesting and I’d love to learn more about their achievements. I’m not sure that we’re ready to say a hair loss “cure” is coming in 5 years, though. I’ll keep my fingers crossed, but as the article mentions, progress with stem cell treatments has been very slow. Anyone can guess about the timeline, but I will believe it when I see it.
(Thanks to all the readers that brought the link to my attention.)