New discoveries could lead to hair regrowth
New research of hair generation may lead to new treatments for hair loss—which affects approximately 85 percent of men under the age of 50.
Researchers from the University of Southern California detailed the findings of three studies, published in the journals Stem Cells and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The scientists discovered a series of genes that served as pathways by which hair growth cycles were controlled. They were able to pinpoint specific proteins that affect when hair grows, when hair stops growing and when it falls out.
They said that the findings have implications for cell regeneration when it comes to both the hair and also for skin, and could lead to therapies for people with baldness, severe burns or skin cancer.