French fries will help in the fight against alopecia
Scientists have proposed combating hair loss with the help of a chemical that is contained in French fries. This was reported by the Metro.
A group of Japanese scientists was able to grow embryos of hair follicles using polydimethylsiloxane. This substance is added to French fries, so that the oil in which it is cooked does not foam. It also passes oxygen through itself - this is also useful for growing hair follicles.
"The key to mass production was the choice of materials for the substrate for the vessel in which we grew follicle embryos," explained Professor Junji Fukuda of the University of Yokohama.
Using polydimethylsiloxane, it was possible to grow five thousand embryos. They were transplanted into mice, and a few days later they had several hair tufts. Follicles, according to Fukuda, "repeat the life cycle of ordinary hair." Preliminary experiments have proved that the method will work for a person.
In November 2017, it was reported about the development of a drug to combat hair loss by South Korean scientists. Experiments performed on mice proved that after 28 days the growth of hair in animals was resumed.