Hair shafts (arrowheads) formed by induced pluripotent stem cell-derived epithelial stem cells compared to mouse hair (arrows) (Photo: Ruifeng Yang, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania)
A new technique for producing large amounts of hair-follicle-generating stem cells has implications for wound healing, cosmetics, and hair regeneration (Photo: Shutterstock)
As one of the follically-challenged, any new breakthroughs in the area of hair regeneration will generally get my attention. When stem cells first started to gain widespread media attention I, no doubt like many others, thought a full head of hair was just around the corner. But despite numerous developments, years later my dome is still of the chrome variety. Providing the latest cause for cautious optimism, researchers have now developed a way to generate a large number number of hair-follicle-generating stem cells from adult cells.
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