Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a novel way of making oil that can regenerate facial hair, restoring it to its natural, healthy state.
They used the skin of a rat, which had been injected with a synthetic version of a human hair follicle.
The research is published in the journal Cell.
The new technology could offer a new way to treat facial hair loss, according to the researchers, who have now been able to regenerate facial follicles from rats using skin cells from mice and human cells.
“The idea was to use human skin cells to regenerate follicles, which were then transplanted into the rat’s body to be used as a stem cell,” said researcher Dr Michael Klimt.
“But we also found that when we used mouse skin cells, they were able to provide the cells for the regeneration of follicles.”
“What we’ve done here is take the same idea and take it to a whole new level.
We’ve got these engineered cells that can provide stem cells, and they’re able to replicate human hair.””
You could say that we’ve found a new type of regenerative medicine,” Dr Klimth added.”
These cells can be easily injected into a rat and regenerate a whole lot of skin.”
The researchers have also found ways to use skin cells in other ways, which could help treat other types of skin disorders.
They were also able to grow stem cells from mouse skin, which are able to be implanted in humans and produce skin cells that could be used in cosmetic products.
“They’re like the human skin,” Dr Michael said.
“We have to understand exactly what’s going on with skin cells and how they behave.”
That’s what we’re now trying to do.
“They hope to work on the regeneration technology in mice.
If the research is successful in humans, it could potentially open up new treatments for a range of conditions including psoriasis, psorosis, fibromyalgia and even skin cancer.
The work was funded by the Australian Research Council and the Department of Science and Technology.
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