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Scientists may have cure for baldness

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Exciting new research may make baldness a thing of the past. Scientists have found a way to grow tiny cells in large numbers that are responsible for making new hairs.

When they put these tiny cells on the backs of mice, they sprouted human hair that lasted six weeks. A team of Columbia scientists and British researchers worked on the project. They believe it could eventually benefit men and women who have a limited number of hair follicles.

"That is the first time we've been able to use human cells into human skin to induce new hair follicles," said Dr. Angela Christiana with the Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Christiano herself suffers from hair loss.

The researchers say technical issues must still be worked out; things like controlling the color and texture of the hair. Human trials on this baldness treatment are still a few years away.

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