Scientists Grow Human Hair on Mouse
But tests on humans are probably a decade away
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2012 5:05 PM CDT
A stock image of a mouse.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Bald people may have new hope for getting back those flowing locks. Japanese scientists have regenerated hair growth on bald mice, reports the Wall Street Journal. The researchers injected the follicle cells of a hairy mouse into the follicles of a bald mouse, and within three weeks, 74% of the transferred follicles sprouted hair. They also implanted a human hair follicle, which successfully grew human hair.

The scientists were able to adjust the density and color of the hair by using different types of cells. The technique will take roughly a decade before it can be tested on human subjects, and it will likely be used solely to help with hair loss from injury or disease rather than general baldness, as only small amounts of hair can be cultivated. It's another example of how mice might turn out to be bald men's best friends.

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dawnarun
Apr 20, 2012 1:01 AM CDT
I know someone missing part of his eyebrow from a scar. Wonder if this would fix him up.
KatHLC
Apr 20, 2012 12:35 AM CDT
The mice looks scary to death without hair. After hair cloning, now another hair restoration technology to replace conventional hair transplant techniques. http://www.catholic.org/health/story.php?id=45797 & http://www.hairandlaserclinic.com/hairtransplant.htm
ExceleRater
Apr 19, 2012 8:42 AM CDT
I won't be impressed until they can grow hair on a hare.