» On National Geographic (WARNING: there is video of some skin burns, so if
» you’re squeamish, just know that in advance … though it isn’t too bad):
» http://www.megaupload.com/?d=59SFGC5F (for those who can’t access the above
» For burn victims, scientists now have a “gun-like” device that sprays a
» stem cell solution onto burned skin and regenerates the skin.
» Of course if it’s regenerating skin … I’d assume it’s probably also might
» be regenerating the hair follicles on the skin … (the regenerated skin
» looked pretty normal to me).
» It’s still in the test phase but it has been used on actual humans with
» success (as you can see in the video), not just lab rats.
Thanks for also posting the megaupload link, NatGeo didn’t work for me. That was amazing and clearly this is the future for skin healing/regeneration for burn victims. 4 days, gets normal looking skin back-I didn’t notice any ugly scarring on that patient (as one often sees with burn victims). It really looks miraculous. Even if it can’t be applied to hair loss at least it’s a cure for burns and perhaps even cosmetic surgery/scar repair.
Personally I see no reason why this can’t also work for curing baldness. If they take a patch of skin from the region where permanent hair grows, culture it and spray it on the bald areas, it should grow new hair because it’ll have both the stem and progenitor cells.
Of course it’ll probably require extensive wounding or perhaps the dermabrasion of the top layer of skin for it to work. Not an inviting prospect but if it’s the cure, then I’d be willing to do whatever it takes.
Somebody should get in touch with this doctor and ask if it can be applied to our purposes (fixing hair loss). So often these researcher types are narrowly focused on their treatment, they don’t think about other potential applications.