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Friday, May 18, 2007

Skin cells may hold key to reversing baldness.

I found this rather interesting since I am starting to get a little sparse on top!

Skin cells have the ability to regenerate lost hair follicles in mice, according to researchers who said the findings could pave the way for a genetic-based treatment of hair loss.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found that when the skin of mice is wounded, epidermal cells can assume the properties of stem cells that generate hair follicles.

Their findings were published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

While the wounding process brings back less hair than was present, researchers found they could stimulate more or less hair growth through genetic engineering: that is, stimulating or stopping a gene in the mouse to produce different levels of proteins that activate the hair regeneration process.

It was previously thought that adult hair follicles in most mammals do not grow back but this new method looks like it might just work and make someone a whole lot of money in the process.

Your "my brain is growing because it's starting to push my head through the hair" scribe;
Allan W Janssen

Allan W Janssen is the author of The Plain Truth About God-101 (what the church doesn't want you to know!) www.God-101.com

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