If these scientists in Japan are to be believed, an effective way to cure and not just treat baldness has been found. According to the study conducted by the scientists, McDonald's fries are the solution to all our hair loss problems.
Yes, you read it absolutely right!
The Daily Record reported that McDonald's fries are laced with a particular chemical which aids the regrowth of hair.
Scientists and researchers performed this experiment on mice to come to a conclusion like that. Hair was regrown on these mice by the traditional way of using human stem cells that produced fresh follicles which could sprout new hair.
In a span of a few days, the mice had furry backs and scalps. Thus making the scientists believe that the same could be effective for human beings too.
The first breakthrough for the Japanese was when 'hair follicle germs' were generated for the first time in their labs. These cells power follicle development. Since this was an unknown phenomenon, it is now considered as 'Holy Grail' of hair loss research.
Eventually, it was found out that usage of a chemical, dimethylpolysiloxane was the reason behind it. This is the same chemical that is found in McDonald's fries. It is used a preventive measure to stop the oil from turning frothy.
Professor Junji Fukuda of Yokohama National University, said: "The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel.
"We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well."
Every year, around a billion pound is spent on hair loss treatment. The hair follicles are not produced in the same way, despite such extravagant spending.
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."
He continued, "These self-sorted hair follicle germs (ssHFGs) were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice.
"This finding facilitated the large-scale preparation of approximately 5,000 ssHFGs in a microwell-array chip made of oxygen-permeable silicone.
"We demonstrated that the integrity of the oxygen supply through the bottom of the silicone chip was crucial to enabling both ssHFG formation and subsequent hair shaft generation.
"Finally, spatially aligned ssHFGs on the chip were encapsulated into a hydrogel and simultaneously transplanted into the back skin of nude mice to preserve their intervening spaces, resulting in spatially aligned hair follicle generation.
"This simple ssHFG preparation approach is a promising strategy for improving current hair-regenerative medicine techniques."
Honestly, we love our fried potatoes so much that we don’t even need a scientific reasoning to gobble up a handful of fries!
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