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Creating New Hair Follicle Cells

If you could “cure’ baldness, you would be a billionaire.  You wouldn’t even have to spend much money marketing the product.  It would sell itself.  There is such a huge consumer demand and people already spend billions of dollars a year on products that (for most people) do not work. hair stem cell technology

The reality is that it’s highly unlikely that any topical baldness treatment will work.   The body is just too complicated and the reasons for hair loss is due to hair follicle cells ceasing to work.  Any topical treatment would have to penetrate the skin (unlikely) and somehow revive cells that aren’t working any more.  The cells are most likely permanently turned off so even if you could get the product to the cells, it’s unlikely to have much effect.

However, this type of technology is more promising.  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have managed to convert adult cells into epithelia stem cells.  If this type of technology could be developed into a full-blown treatment the way it would work is that scientists would take a cell sample from somewhere in your body, grow them up into a full colony, convert them to hair stem cells and transplant them where you want hair.

Not a cosmetic for sure, but a potential “cure” for baldness.

Interesting.

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  • Bob 02/09/2014, 8:45 pm

    I veiwed this article on SpecialChem last Friday. They added genes and converted dermal fiberblasts into induced pluripotent stem cells which could have the capablity to differentiate into any cell types in the body. Then I found this techonology had already been used in organ culture and transplanting long time ago, just converted IPSCs into other kinds of human cells.

    I think if it is used for beautycare industry, plastic surgery would have a brighter future.

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