German scientists, who claim to have grown hair follicles from stem cells for the first time, are confident that a cure for baldness is coming soon.
Scientists from Technical University in Berlin used cells taken from animals for their research and they are moving towards creating human hair follicles from human stem cells in a year's time.
Advertisement'Daily Express' reported lead scientist Prof Roland Lauster, observing that the latest research could be a step towards providing treatment for the 80 per cent of people who suffer from hair loss around the world. According to Prof Lauster, the treatment that would probably require the hair follicles to be implanted on to a person's head could be available in five years.
"Preparations for this are already in motion," Prof Lauster said, adding that the creation of skin and hair follicles in a lab could also prevent the need for testing cosmetic products on animals thereby reducing the suffering of animals subjected to chemical testing for 'human safe' cosmetics.
Though a US research team from the University of Pennsylvania, also showed evidence that stem cell research could help prevent baldness in 2004, an effective cure for baldness is yet to be invented.