German scientists have successfully grown hair follicles from stem cells, and claim it could translate into a cure for baldness in the next five years, BioScholar.com reported.
The stem cells used in the study at Berlin’s Technical University were taken from animals, but researchers said they hope to use human stem cells within a year.
Professor Roland Lauster said the study could result in a baldness treatment for as much as 80 percent of people who suffer from hair loss.
“Since 1950 the number of new chemicals used in cosmetics has risen 500—fold, and so has the need for animals to be experimented upon to ensure they are safe for humans,” he said. “This could well do away with the need for them to suffer.”
The University of Pennsylvania discovered similar findings in 2004, but failed to produce a cure for baldness.