hair-raising discovery may give hope to the
Scientists from Sanford
Burnham Prebys recently discovered a way to use
stem cells to create
natural-looking hair that grows through the skin. According to
American Academy of Dermatology, the hair loss of 80 million
American men and women is due to genetics—other causes include
stress, diseases and medical treatments.
Stemson Therapeutics, a
newly formed company, has licensed the technology to use stem cells
to reverse hair loss.
“Now we have a robust, highly controlled method for generating
natural-looking hair that grows through the skin using an unlimited
source of human iPSC-derived dermal papilla cells,” Alexey
Terskikh, an associate professor in Sanford Burnham
Aging and Regeneration Program and the co-founder and chief
scientific officer of Stemson Therapeutics,
said in a statement.
So how does it work? There is a type of cell in your hair
follicle called dermal papilla, which controls hair growth,
thickness, length, and growth cycle. The scientists combined mouse
epithelial cells with a biodegradable scaffold to help strengthen
the human dermal papilla. The scaffold controls the direction of
hair growth and integrates the stem cells into the skin.
So when will you be able to take advantage of this
groundbreaking discovery? Not anytime soon, but Stemson
Therapeutics is exploring how to commercialize it. In the meantime,
you can learn more by visiting stemsontx.com.
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
Scientists Have Found a Way to Use Stem Cells to Grow New Hair