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#1

So scientists are about to cure diabetes using iPS cells. But they still can’t grow a single terminal hair. Someone might jump into conclusion that to regrow a single terminal hair is more difficult than to cure diabetes or cancer.
That is why I have said that we need new scientists in this field. Because current crop of them frankly are just stuck in decades obsolete mentality.


#2

I think as far as iPS cells go researchers are hip to its’ potential to treat hair loss. I think that the problem is that iPS cells are still considered potentially dangerous so most scientists are being cautious about using iPS cells to treat cosmetic conditions. That having been said, I also think that there are a handful of researchers investigating iPS specifically to treat hair loss. I think Shiseido is investing it and I also think Alexey Terskikh is. And these are just the two research groups that have publicly indicated they have an ongoing iPS effort to treat hair loss. I would imaging that a few other researchers have given it some thought.

But I do agree that the current crop of researchers are stuck in the past. After all, I myself recently posted that Shiseido is probably laying low with its’ RCH - 01 results because they had bad results since their method is too similar to the failed efforts by Intercytex and Aderans. My point was that Shiseido shouldn’t have gambled on a treatment with the same flaws that the failed Aderans and Intercytex treatments had. But one group of Shiseido researchers gleefully plowed forward with their 1-cell/low inductivity treatment and they expected better results than Aderans and Intercytex got. Okie Dokie.

At least half of the regular-Joe posters at hair websites understand that you have to do a work-around the inductivity issue but one group of scientists at Shiseido just can’t seem to get it through their thick skulls. Thank God, that some other Shiseido researchers get it that iPS cells could be the way forward.


#3

One of the big reasons that it is taking so long is the fact that it is a cosmetic issue. If this had any life threatening effects then more money from government would be pours in. And because it doesn’t have a life threatening issue it is left mainly to the private sector. How long will private investors wait for a return? Imagine the internet in this position. Waiting on a R,O,I, We still probably wouldn’t have the internet. My 2 cents.


#4

Spot-on.

I can’t think of any hair loss research that is funded by the state.

But tooth diseases are also not live threatening. Yet there are state funded research programs.