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05-03-2016, 09:13 AM
There are so many hair loss myths. This forum is helpful in sifting through them to help get us closer to the facts.
We've started a series of fun hair-related findings (and never been founds!) on Instagram (@drcarloswesley) and Twitter (@drcarloswesley).
Here's the SECOND in the series. Can you guess which is TRUE?
05-04-2016, 10:54 AM
ANSWER: HAIR CELLS CAN REGROW NERVES
Who knows? Maybe hair stem cells will provide a controversy-free source of cell therapy someday!
Numerous publications have demonstrated that in rodents (not humans) hair follicle stem cells from the bulge region promote recovery of injured spinal cord (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4146002/) and can also play a role in repair of smaller nerves on our periphery (http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/366098).
"Pluripotent" refers to a cell that can become many different types of cells. Well, glass-half-full readers would say that these studies suggest that hair follicle accessible pluripotent (HAP) cells are the next easily-accessible source to propel regenerative medicine. Glass-half-empty readers, on the other hand, may read that (despite its <99% genetic similarity with the human genome) what happens in mice simply doesn't translate to humans.