A chemical used to cook McDonald’s fries could be the key to curing baldness, according to research out of Japan. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more.
Japanese scientists may have discovered a cure for baldness—and it lies within a chemical used to make McDonald’s fries.
A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University used a “simple” method to regrow hair on mice by using dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.
Preliminary tests indicated that the groundbreaking method was likely to be just as successful when transferred to human skin cells.
According to the study, released in the Biomaterials journal last Thursday, the breakthrough came after the scientists successfully mass-produced “hair follicle germs” (HFG) which were created for the first time ever in this way.
HFGs, cells that drive follicle development, are considered the holy grail in hair-loss research. The scientists said use of dimethylpolysiloxane was crucial to the advancement.