Some of the greatest discoveries in science have been total accidents — Alexander Fleming's use of penicillin, Wilson and Penzias' discovery of the cosmic microwave background, etc. Today, scientists announced they've once again unintentionally made a monumental discovery: A cure for baldness. OK, only in mice.
Still, the finding — involving a chemical compound that blocks a stress hormone — could lead to human hair loss treatments, the scientists say. The researchers have applied for a patent on the use of the compound for hair growth.
Surgical solutions for restoring lush locks have always involved a painful trade-off — transplanting hairs from the rear of your head to the top could leave you thin in the back. But Bessam Farjo, a hair-loss specialist at the British company Intercytex, has devised a less barbaric fix: cloning patients' hair cells. "The concept is to create a limitless supply of donor hair," Farjo says.
For science took a half-bald guy and restored some of his shagginess.
By Charles HirshbergPosted 06.14.2002 at 1:59 pm 1 Comment
Six months ago, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein performed upon me a "follicular unit transplant"-that is, he extracted a clump of 1,923 hair follicles from the back of my head and grafted them, one by one, to the front (we left a bald spot on top). He also used a high-tech anesthetic wand to forestall pain and swelling (Firsthand, Nov. '01). The successful result you can see for yourself. The bad news: At $8,000, it ain't cheap. For details, see www.foundhair.com.