The journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published findings of a team of scientists from the United States and the United Kingdom on their efforts to create a human hair from tissue samples. The team includes scientists from the University of Durham in the U.K. and the Columbia University Medical Center in the U.S. Their effort is to grow new hair from materials taken from the base of the hair.
Growing human has been the most difficult for scientists. In the past, attempts to grow human hair from dermal papillae taken from the base of the hair turned to skin instead of new hair. The value of the new finding is that they found a clumping method to keep the identity of hair and to grow them. They successfully grafted human tissue into mice and obtained positive results of growing new hair. More research will be needed to develop the size and shape of human hair.
Don’t get your hopes up yet. Commercial applications of such research findings are years away from becoming a cure. In addition to being a new way to grow hair and help many millions who are experiencing baldness, new research also bring hope for skin grafts for severe burn victims.