The research was published in a recent issue of a U.K. scientific journal
Nature Communications, and it shows the scientists, lead by a Dr. Takashi Tsuji, were able to plant hair below the skin of bald mice, restoring the hair follicle, and they were also able to root the follicle in the scalp so it will continue regrowing hair.
Male Pattern baldness may soon be in past
Their study, entitled: Fully functional hair follicle regeneration through the rearrangement of stem cells and their niches
says in its abstract that their research shows that through rearranging "various stem cells" in bioengineered hair follicles fully functional hair follicle regeneration can be achieved. "Our study provides a substantial contribution to the development of bioengineering technologies that will enable future regenerative therapy for hair loss caused by injury or by diseases such as alopecia
and androgenic alopecia," the abstract concludes.
Initially, the researchers bioengineered different types of hair-follicle germs, grafting them to bald mice; the germs were the catalyst for hair growth. The research then also bioengineered human hair-follicle germs and transplanted them into mice and found they, too, grew in the mice.
There's no timeline given in the study for future research of how long it might take to know if they will be able to achieve the same results in humans. Mice have been used for over a century
in studies involving human conditions due to their being similar genetically and physiologically to human beings.