Fat Stem Cells Key To Reversing Hair Loss?

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    Sep 10, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    Interesting new research.

    http://www.futurepundit.com/archives/008277.html

    Yale researchers have discovered the source of signals that trigger hair growth, an insight that may lead to new treatments for baldness.

    The researchers identified stem cells within the skin's fatty layer and showed that molecular signals from these cells were necessary to spur hair growth in mice, according to research published in the Sept. 2 issue of the journal Cell.

    "If we can get these fat cells in the skin to talk to the dormant stem cells at the base of hair follicles, we might be able to get hair to grow again," said Valerie Horsley, assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology and senior author of the paper.
  • Muscmasmat

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    Sep 10, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
    This is interesting. I expect in 10 to 15 years people will either be able to clone their own hair and implant it or use a method like this.

    Hair replacement may be too late for me, but I see so many young, good looking guys in the gym that are beginning to develop baldness. This would be great for them.

    I actually might even try it. Todays method of taking hair from other parts of your head and then implanting it in the bald areas is not for me. You can see from where the hairs have been taken, meaning that you can't ever have short hair in that area.
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    Sep 10, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    This is neat. I wonder what the max price people would be willing to pay for hair replacement to make it worth it.
  • Anto

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    Sep 11, 2011 5:50 PM GMT
    Why do people think so badly of people with thinning hair or baldness?
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    Sep 17, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Quick gather some babies! dice 'em up and gimme some hair back!

    I wonder if there's a piece of a baby that will do permanent hair removal for other parts of the body. Maybe a pancreas or a leg tendon?

    *rubs guts all over body*


    seriously though, it's cool but I'll be dead before anything comes of it.
  • titus8229

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    Sep 17, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    riddler78 said

    The researchers identified stem cells within the skin's fatty layer and showed that molecular signals from these cells were necessary to spur hair growth in mice.


    If this is the case, instead of trying to get the cells to comunicate why not investigate the "molecular signal" itself. If its a small molecule rather than a protein I'm sure some sort of therapy could be developed much more easily.