Wednesday, 18th April 2012
In General Japan News,
Scientists in Japan move closer to baldness cure
Japanese scientists have taken a step closer to finding a cure for baldness after a successful study managed to grow hair on bald mice.
Researchers based at Tokyo University of Science used bioengineering techniques to create hair follicles from stem cells before implanting them in the skin of the rodents.
Hair subsequently grew on the mice and continued growing in the normal cycle as old hair fell out and was replaced with new growth, the AFP news agency reported.
The university's professor Takashi Tsuji led the study and said that, unlike most treatments where embryos must be used to extract stem cells, in this case adult stem cells can be used to grow the hair follicles.
"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," he told the news agency.
Earlier this month, Japanese researchers pioneered a technique that allowed them to successfully breed mice using freeze-dried sperm.
Written by Susan Ballion