Researchers create hair follicles from stem cells
Laaska News Apr. 18, 2012
A group of researchers have successfully created an organ that creates hair using two different types of stem cells. Stem cells have the potential to evolve into any tissue or organ.
The research group from the Tokyo University of Science focused on the epithelial stem cells and hair papilla cells found around each individual hair.
The researchers removed these stem cells from the area around the whiskers of a mouse and transplanted them onto the animal’s back. The cells later developed into organs that create hair called follicles.
The researchers say that the follicles were able to generate whisker-like hairs.
When cells that create melamine were transplanted together, the whiskers turned dark.
The number of hair follicles grew in proportion to the number of transplanted stem cells.
The group says the discovery could be used to reverse hair loss.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012