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Hair Growth Signal Dictated By Fat Cells 146

Posted by Soulskill
from the let-it-shine-let-it-shine dept.
RogerRoast writes "According to an article published in the journal Cell, molecular signals from fat cell (adipocyte) precursors under the skin are necessary to spur hair growth in mice. Yale researchers report in the paper that these cells produce molecules called PDGF (platelet derived growth factors), which are necessary to produce hair growth. The discovery of the source of signals that trigger hair growth may lead to new treatments for baldness. The trick is in getting adipocyte precursors under the skin to talk to stem cells at the base of the hair follicles."
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Hair Growth Signal Dictated By Fat Cells

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  • Re:Idiocracy (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 06, 2011 @05:18AM (#37313878)

    While you're at it, imagine there's no more wars, no more poverty, and endless youth.

    That's just as realistic as trying to tell scientists what kind of research they are interested in.

  • Re:Idiocracy (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chrisq (894406) on Tuesday September 06, 2011 @05:31AM (#37313916)

    While you're at it, imagine there's no more wars, no more poverty, and endless youth.

    That's just as realistic as trying to tell scientists what kind of research they are interested in.

    Somehow I think it is more a case of "which treatments will get funding" than "what scientists are interested in".

  • by blackest_k (761565) on Tuesday September 06, 2011 @05:49AM (#37313958) Homepage Journal

    I wasn't losing my hair at 17 but I am now so rather than prolong the agony I just shave it every day or so.

    Hair is all about vanity and insecurity. You want to look attractive but to be honest confidence is more attractive than any hair style. So grasp the nettle shave off all or most of it and get on with living your life. The sooner you do it the sooner your skin tone will even out and you know women love a confident self assured man.

    The guy worried about his hair loss isn't that man.
    For women hair loss is probably harder to handle and pretty common but again do it bald women have character and attitude both sexy attributes.

    There is nothing wrong with standing out from the crowd in fact it is an asset.

    There is no cure for baldness just ways of looking a little less bald even hair transplants don't work they look like somebody who has had a hair transplant.

    so feck it go get the razor and get on with your life.

  • by the_raptor (652941) on Tuesday September 06, 2011 @05:57AM (#37313978)

    Imagine if all this research went into AIDS or malaria.

    Nothing of significance cause I guarantee you that AIDS and malaria research receives more money then one team investigating aspects of how our largest organ works.

    Also accusing scientists of not doing "noble enough" research while screwing around on Slashdot is like a fat guy complaining about the form of a sprinter.

  • Re:Idiocracy (Score:2, Insightful)

    by flimflammer (956759) on Tuesday September 06, 2011 @06:10AM (#37314030)

    I think you're a hypocrite.

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