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Scientists Are Growing Human Hair on Mice To transplant to Bald People

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Good news for bald folks! Scientists are still striving to find something genuine for hair loss. From snake oils to transplants, nothing has satisfied the generation that needs healthy hair growth. To give some extra hand to the populace with hair loss problems, scientists decide to grow human hair on mice. 

dNovo Inc., a Silicon Valley company, shakes hands with a flourishing series of startups to “cure” baldness with stem cells. The biologist and founder of medical startup dNovo, Ernesto Lujan, told MIT Technology Review that his company has successfully transplanted human hair stem cells onto a mouse. According to the biologist, the startup has developed follicle-forming stem cells via genetic modification. To do this the researchers work on different cells e.g. skin cells. 

He further told MIT Tech that the technique could be used to treat “the underlying cause of hair loss.”

To experiment the hair growth, hair follicles are created by genetically reprogramming other normal human cells like blood or fat cells. These cells then become the stem cells that could be transformed into tissues of any kind. The follicle-forming stem cells are then transplanted onto the skin of experimental rodents. The result shows em+inent growth of hair shafts.

This could become a breakthrough study that could regenerate follicles through stem cells. The stems cells are derived from the patient’s cells and then transported to mice. The resulting hair grown on the mice would be then transplanted back onto the patient’s scalps.

Niki Pezeshki, General Partner at Felicis Ventures supported the trial “We are very excited by dNovo’s early results. Hair loss is one of the medical challenges that affect millions of people every year, but most current solutions only focus on slowing down hair loss. With dNovo, we see a fundamentally different approach to treatment as dNovo is actually regenerating new hair stem cells. This has the potential to become a real cure for hair loss.”

A similar type of experiment was carried out at Stemson Therapeutics, a San Diego-based startup that duplicates hair follicles from human stem cells and grafts them around a person’s dormant follicles.

The study still is in its nascent state and scientists are waiting for a consistent outcome. Paul Knoepfler, a stem-cell researcher at UC Davis warned about these techniques. “You’ve got to be aware of scam offerings,”