Stem cells used to grow new hair
A team of researchers has developed a new technique for growing new hair involving the use of human pluripotent stem cells. The approach is believed to be more effective than current hair transplant methods, according to a report published in the journal PLOS ONE.
Human pluripotent stem cells have the ability to become any cell type in the body, so in this instance, researchers made the cells turn into dermal papilla cells. They are responsible for regulating the formation of hair follicles and the hair growth cycle. Then, the team transplanted the cells into mice and saw new hair growth.
The next step for the team is to transplant the hPSC-derived dermal papilla cells back into humans to test the effectiveness of this technique.