Stem cell research in Scotland and Switzerland can help discover the cure for baldness. During the studies, the researchers found that thymus cells (an organ that helps manage the immune system) can “behave” like cells in other organs, including cells that contain hair follicles. The discovery was made when scientists transplanted the thymus cells into the skin of laboratory mice. “These cells really have changed, expressing different and increasingly potent genes,” said researcher and professor Yann Barrandon, head of the stem cell laboratory at the University of Lausanne.
The cure for baldness was not the goal when researchers began their studies. In fact they did skin transplant tests to help burn victims. The researchers intend to continue their studies.