A cure for baldness ‘could be available in 5 years’
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A cure for baldness ‘could be available in 5 years’

Published On: Thu, Dec 16th, 2010 | Stem Cell Research | By BioNews

For the first time, scientists in Germany have grown hair follicles from stem cells.

The feat has brought scientists a step closer to creating a cure for baldness.

The study used cells taken from animals, but researchers hope to create human hair follicles from human stem cells within a year.

Stem cells are the body’s master cells. With manipulation in the lab, they can be grown into any tissue in the human body from blood to bone and even whole organs.

Although stem cells are seen as the holy grail for medicine, progress has been slow and very few treatments are widely available.

However, Professor Roland Lauster at Berlin’s Technical University believes his work could be a step towards providing treatment for the 80 per cent of people who suffer from hair loss worldwide.

Lauster claims the treatment – which would probably require the hair follicles to be implanted on to the head – could be available in five years.

“Since 1950 the number of new chemicals used in cosmetics has risen 500—fold, and so has the need for animals to be experimented upon to ensure they are safe for humans.

This could well do away with the need for them to suffer,” he was quoted as saying.

In 2004, a team from the University of Pennsylvania in the US also produced evidence that stem cell research could help prevent baldness. However, as of yet, no baldness cure has been invented.

Prof. Roland Lauster Lab

The Berlin – Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Therapies.

Prof. Luster’s previous related work:
Havlickova B, Bíró T, Mescalchin A, Tschirschmann M, Mollenkopf H, Bettermann A, Pertile P, Lauster R, Bodó E, Paus R. A human folliculoid microsphere assay for exploring epithelial- mesenchymal interactions in the human hair follicle. J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Apr;129(4):972-83. Epub 2008 Oct 16. PubMed PMID: 18923448.

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  1. Lamby says:

    Why must you call out specific bald guys?

  2. Arby says:


  3. Friend says:

    At the rate of stem-cell non-progress we've seen over the years, there will no cures for anything anytime soon.

  4. Tizoc el puto Amaro says:

    I'm running out of time & hair for the love of God & man…….hurry man hurry!?!

  5. Tudi says:

    What will happen with all the bald man jokes in the future ? :( This research will have deep social impact

  6. David says:

    So we're going to be hairy apes again? [](/trollface)

  7. Kevin says:

    God made some heads perfect and covered the rest with hair.

  8. Dick says:

    Stem cell will cure whatever ails ya. And the best part is that nothing can possibly go wrong.

  9. Jason says:

    apparently botox treatments to the scalp also help regrow hair.. i volunteer myself for human testing.

  10. anita says:

    maybe if people didn't wash their hair with sulfates, they wouldn't get bald in the first place!

  11. anita says:

    Anita sometimes its hereditary – ignorant thick!

  12. Chris says:

    The sulfates used in shampoos are there as surfactants, a role which they perform wonderfully in. The 'evidence' of their causing a damage to hair was conducted on animals, for periods of time that would be very unlikely in human cases — most people don't let their shampoo sit for five minutes, let alone five days straight.

    There's a strong link between genetic susceptibility, androgens, and hair loss. Since eliminating genetic susceptibility has yet to become feasible, the primary pharmaceutical treatments that have been produced and we have an understanding of have targeted either androgen formation (5-alpha reductase inhibitors) or the androgen receptors in the scalp themselves (AR antagonists). Preventing T from metabolizing into DHT works wonders for staving off hair loss, regardless of the presence of sulfates in shampoos, so to blindly attribute hair loss to a particular type of surfactant is a bit ignorant.

    This potentially presents a new frontier, whereby genetically resistant hairs (everyone has them in some quantity around the sides and back of the head) can be cloned and transplanted to genetically susceptible areas, a feat which would actually reverse hair loss and restore lost hair, which is still the Holy Grail in hair loss treatments. The most effective treatments at doing that currently achieve "meh" status at best, require continual use that makes them costly, and occasionally can kill your beloved pet (minoxidil kills cats)

  13. andy says:

    We don't need this. You could just shave my back and we'd have more than enough for everyone.

  14. notbald says:

    Is baldness really that bad? I'm not a guy, so I'm asking. Some guys have managed to make it work for them. (Heck, some women have too.) How come the others haven't figured it out?

  15. Tom in Toronto says:

    Why aren't we being told in this "report" that adult or other non-embryonic stem cell are the ones being used for this hoped-for treatment?

    And non-embryonic stem cell treatments have been saving lives for 30 years as with bone marrow transplants.

  16. jvon says:

    I hear stem cells constantly hyped, but then when I read about actual cases when they’ve been used, they seem to trigger the growth of cancerous tumors.

    It may be worth the risk of that when you’re dying anyway, but going bald suddenly doesn’t sound that bad.

  17. Dennis says:

    @notbald alopecia is a disease and should be dealt with accordingly. The emotional toll, alone, on the millions of men and women it affects is reason enough to say answer your question with a resounding “yes!”

  18. Mal Warner says:

    The cure for baldness has been “5 years away” for the LAST 35 YEARS.

  19. spiros says:

    there is no time guys COME ON!!!

  20. David says:

    There is nothing wrong with being bald. People are stupid.

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