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If you’re one of those people who’ve always wondered why we can figure out how to put a man on the moon, watch cat videos on our phones and get real-time updates from law enforcement on the arrest of Justin Bieber, but can’t quite keep baldness at bay, well, you may be pleased to hear the latest in follicle research.
NBC10 in Philadelphia reports researchers at the University of Pennsylvania may be on the path to beating bald spots, after converting cells into stem cells “that regrew human skin cells, hair follicles and a hair shaft.”
"We’re for the first time able to make an unlimited amount of epithelial stem cells," Prof. George Xu tells the station. "The cells we use are from the same patient. We can just take some skin that we can make into stem cells."
If the research eventually leads to hair regeneration, it could bring with it, well, hair-raising cheers from the masses. Xu tells NBC10 that by the time 50 percent of all men reach the age of 50, they experience balding, and 30 million women in the United States deal with hair loss, as well.
For now, Xu tells the station there’s still a dermal cell part to the equation that has yet to be solved, but he is hopeful that his research team will tackle it in the next 10 years or so.
Well, that’s not exactly tomorrow, but we should have plenty of cat videos and Bieber tweets to occupy our time until then.