Japanese researchers have successfully grown hair on hairless mice by implanting follicles created from stem cells.
Led by professor Takashi Tsuji from Tokyo University of Science, the team bioengineered hair follicles and transplanted them into the skin of hairless mice.
The mice eventually grew hair, which continued regenerating in normal growth cycles after old hairs fell out.
When stem cells are grown into tissues or organs, they usually need to be extracted from embryos, but Tsuji and his researchers found hair follicles can be grown with adult stem cells.
My hope is that this type of research will demonstrate the potential for not only hair regeneration therapy but also disc regeneration.
The study is from Nature Communications.