Are you losing your hair? Going a bit thin on top? We’ll fear not; scientists at the Berlin Technical University in Germany, say they are very near to creating a cure for baldness using stem cells.
The new hair follicles were created from animal cells but the German scientists said it will be no problem growing human hairs within 12 months
Research leader Dr Roland Lauster told a Germany newspaper that preparations for clinical trials were ‘already in motion.’
When manipulated, stem cells, can be grown into any tissue and even whole organs. But although stem cell research is seen as exciting by many leading scientists, overall research has been slow.
One thing is for sure, if these scientists can offer a genuine cure for baldness, they will become very rich men. The hair loss industry is worth millions per year as it is and the current treatments for hair loss are not perfected and have their disadvantages.
Current treatments for baldness include hair transplants. A hair transplant is when hair follicles from the side of the head are transplanted to the top of the head to cover the bald spots. Drugs Propecia and Avodart have been shown to regrow hair in some 80% of patients. Other remedies include Rogaine.