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A possible breakthrough has been reached for the hairless men and women. Researchers have for the first time been able to generate new human hairs. Dr. Christopher Hubbell of Acadiana Dermatologist said, "The current methodology for hair loss that is caused by genetics is typically medical, rub on medicines and some medicines by mouth that are meant to slow down the hair in terms of miniaturization. So it makes it stay around thicker a little bit longer."

Doctors are also able to stimulate hair volume and growth but there is currently, no knowledge or technology that allows them to grow new hairs. Which is where the new research comes in to effect.

The studies were done by taking cells from the hair follicle of humans and transplanting them into human skin that was grafted onto mice says Kristie Kennedy M. D., LLC.

Prior to that transplant, researchers discovered that follicle cells need to be in three dimensional contact with each other while growing. Then the bottom of the follicle, also know as the papilla is cut, and grown within a drop, allowing them to clump together and reactivate the genetic memory.

The technique has not been perfectly for humans yet. But the positive thing was they were able to amplify the number of hairs, where as before we could only stimulate a little bit of growth in existing hairs or slow down the loss of existing hairs, said Dr Hubbell.

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