A breakthough finding by scientists researching the cause of male baldness means that a cure based upon stem cell rejuvenation therapy could arrive ‘within a decade’. Why some men develop male pattern baldness earlier than others has been a mystery for scientists until now. The researchers found that those men who bald early have stem cells in the scalp which fail to develop properly. Now all scientists have to do is figure out a way to ensure that the stem cells in balding men do in fact mature.
Working out a way to reactivate the stem cells and coax them into maturing could allow hair to regrow, giving men natural-looking locks.
Possibilities include a cream or lotion that is rubbed onto the scalp, or a technique that involves removing the stem cells from the scalp, kick-starting them in the lab and transplanting them back.
Dr Cotsarelis, a dermatologist whose work was part-funded by the U.S. government and by L’Oreal, said he would also like to investigate whether his findings equally apply to women.
Dr Cotsarelis, a dermatologist, whose work was part-funded by the US government and by L’Oreal, believes at treatment could be on the market within a decade.