Stem Cell

Hairy skin from mouse stem cells may hold a cure for baldness in humans

The skin tissue resembles natural hair more closely than existing models and may prove useful for testing drugs, understanding hair growth, and reducing the practice of animal testing.

Researchers found that mouse skin organoid technique could be used as a blueprint to generate human skin organoids.
Researchers found that mouse skin organoid technique could be used as a blueprint to generate human skin organoids.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In a finding that may provide a potential cure for baldness, researchers have used stem cells from mice to develop a skin patch that is complete with hair follicles in a laboratory.

Using the skin model, the scientists developed both the epidermis (upper) and dermis (lower) layers of skin, which grow together in a process that allows hair follicles to form the same way as they would in a mouse’s body.

The novel skin tissue more closely resembles natural hair than existing models and may prove useful for testing…