Although the Disney character Mickey Mouse is loved by many, the people do not actually like mice in reality. They usually live in sewers and damp places which is why they are very much despised. But if Scientists from Tokyo University are to be believed then a particular mouse might hold the key to all the answers of male pattern baldness. During their stud they found that this particular mouse and more specifically its bristly tuft of hair could become the remedy for baldness.
By using its stem cells they have devised a way to create hair follicles that were able to grow, when implanted into hairless mice. This experiment is a big step forwards as they have not only found a way of growing hair but also made it pigmented. Although their experiment has been a full success on mice, it would still require a lot of testing before it could be Okayed for humans. The scientists are hopeful that the treatment could be in widespread use within a decade.
During their study, they saw two types of skin stem cell. Both of these skin stem cells contained all the instructions for hair. They grew these stem cells in the lab until they turned into immature follicles. After that they were implanted on the backs of the hairless mice and within two to three weeks, there were hair on those mice. What is more peculiar is that fact that those mice that were given human stem cells also grew tufts of hair.
Lead scientists Takahi Tsuji was very optimistic and excited on their success and said that these bioengineered hair follicles are very successful in connecting naturally with surrounding tissue. If it works on mice it could also do the same on humans.
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