Bald no more: Scientists grow cells that sprout human hair

Bald no more: Scientists grow cells that sprout human hair

Baldness could soon be nothing more than a bad memory, thanks to a breakthrough by British scientists.

In research that could ‘transform’ the treatment of hair loss, they have found a way of cloning the tiny cells that contain the ‘instruction book’ for growing new hair.

In a world first, they have shown that when these lab-grown cells are put back into human skin, they sprout hair.

Although the work is at an early stage, the scientists from Durham University in the UK and Columbia University in the US, say it represents a real breakthrough in treating the hair loss that blights millions of men and women.

Options at the moment are limited to drugs and hair transplants.  But drugs can have side-effects and hair transplants simply work with what is there, by redistributing existing hair.

In contrast, the new technique should actually boost the number of hairs on the head.

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