- Publish Date
- Thursday, 8 February 2018, 3:27PM
Well this seems almost too good to be true?!
A chemical used in McDonald's chips could cure baldness, scientists claim.
In a brand new study using mice, a Japanese research team have manged to mass produce "hair follicle germs" (HFGs) in the lab for the first time. These are the cells that fuel follicle development and have never been regenerated before.
The "simple" technique used human stem cells, generating fresh follicles capable of sprouting luxurious new locks and within days the lab rodents had furry backs and scalps, according to the Daily Mail.
Preliminary experiments suggest the groundbreaking therapy will also work in people.
To use the "McDonald's fries" chemical dimethylpolysiloxane in the vessel in which they were cultured.
This is added for safety reasons to prevent cooking oil from foaming. It was particularly effective for the HFGs because oxygen easily passes through.
The method described in Biomaterials created up to 5,000 HFGs simultaneously - which led to new hair growth after they were transplanted into mice.
Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University says hair loss troubles a substantial number of individuals all over the world, particularly in ageing societies and billions of pounds are spent on inventing new treatments every year in the UK.
Hair regenerative medicine has emerged as a new therapy to combat the problem. It involves regenerating hair follicles - the tiny organs that grow and sustain hair.
But one of the more challenging obstacles has been the preparation of HFGs, their reproductive source, on a large scale.
The researchers may have overcome this with a method that leads to a much more effective therapy.
Prof Fukuda said: "This simple method is very robust and promising.
"We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
"In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells."
But just in case you were wondering, simply eating McDonald's fries won't cure baldness, soz.