Every day people of all walks of life fall victim to low self esteem, and for some of them, the reason is because they are bald.
Baldness is a terrible image destroyer and is one health issue that a lot of people would readily pay heavy to be cured from.
But what if the cure is almost here?
Using stem cells from mice, scientists have managed to create skin in a lab, complete with hair follicles, for the first time.
They grew both the upper and lower layers, known as the epidermis and dermis respectively, marking the first time a skin model has been made so closely resembling natural hair than any previous treatment.
In my own honest opinion, a cure for baldness would easily qualify as the most appreciated science effort in recent times.
According to Metro
Professor Karl Koehler originally began using pluripotent stem cells – which can turn into any organ – to create tiny versions of the inner ear, known as ‘organoids’.
But his team discovered they were generating skin cells in addition to inner ear tissue, so they decided to try to coax them into sprouting hair follicles.
The research published in Cell Reports found a single skin ‘bud’ developed in culture can give rise to both the epidermis and dermis.
This allows hair follicles to form the same way as they would in a mouse’s body.
Prof Koehler, of Indiana University, said: ‘You can see the organoids with your naked eye.
‘It looks like a little ball of pocket lint that floats around in the culture medium. The skin develops as a spherical cyst and then the hair follicles grow outward in all directions – like dandelion seeds.’
We hope this whole experiment reaches a successful end, helping men and women all over to regain their self esteem.