Research from the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated the ability to convert stem cells into regenerating hair.
For the first time, a team of scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have been able to come up with a method for creating cells that generate hair follicles. Researchers were able to change cells from human skin into pluripotent stem cells, a type of stem cell that can become any cell type found in the body. The researchers then used these cells to make the specific type of stem cell that gives rise to hair follicles and associated cells that help support hair growth.
Researchers then implanted these new “wonder cells” into mice. The human cells, with support from the cells of the mouse, were able to regenerate skin, hair follicles, and even a structurally recognizable hair shaft.
More research needs to be done before it can be attempted on humans, but the results show potential for use in wound healing, cosmetics, and offers a ray of hope to the hair-challenged everywhere.
Hair raising indeed.