Although it seems like scientists are making significant strides towards a cure for baldness every other month, there’s been an important update this week which is being described as a major breakthrough.
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The researchers have announced that they’ve finally managed to grow complex skin cells complete with hair and have also managed to implant them into skin. They’ve only managed to do this on mice so far, but they’re hopeful that it will work on humans too.
Here’s what Dr Takashi Tsuji of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology had to say about it all:
With this new technique, we have successfully grown skin that replicates the function of normal tissue.
Our study contributes to the development of bioengineering technologies that will enable future regenerative therapies for patients with burns, scars, and alopecia [baldness].
We are coming ever closer to the dream of being able to recreate actual organs in the lab for transplantation, and also believe that tissue grown through this method could be used as an alternative to animal testing of chemicals.
Well yeah, there you have it. It’s exciting, but like most of these announcements they haven’t actually achieved what they’re setting out to achieve yet, they’ve just made another breakthrough which means it should happen soon. Most of us are just waiting for it to finally happen though. Some of us don’t have long left, and some of us are already really unlucky in this respect.
Until these scientists have figured it out then we’re just going to have to use the tattooing head method to hide our baldness.