Archive for April, 2008

Hair Cloning?

April 18, 2008

Group of researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have identified new mechanism that controls cyclic activation of hair follicle stem cells. They have shown that signaling proteins – BMPs (bone morphogenetic proteins) provide basis for coordinated stem cell activity during hair regeneration. This study is published in the Jan. 17 issue of the journal Nature: Cyclic dermal BMP signalling regulates stem cell activation during hair regenerationFindings revealed in the study have important implications for stem cell research and in understanding how stem cell activity is regulated during regeneration, says Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong, principal investigator and professor of pathology at USC.

“Hairs are an important model for organ regeneration in mammals because it is one of the only organs that regenerates on a regular basis,” Chuong says. “The research presents major possibilities for hair re-growth and ultimately organ regeneration.”