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Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Interesting BBC article about using hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, L'Oreal has said.

"The cosmetics firm is partnering with a French bio-printing company called Poietis, which has developed a form of laser printing for cell-based objects.

Hair follicles have not been created this way before and the firms expect it will take at least three years to adapt the process.

However, one hair loss charity said it was too early "to be getting excited".

L'Oreal already uses 3D printed skin in its product research.

"If we manage to bio-print a hair follicle we will enhance our knowledge of both hair biology and some of the mysteries of hair growth and loss," Jose Cotovio, a director at L'Oreal's Research and Innovation division, told the BBC.

Initially the follicles would be used to test new products, he added.

"Hair loss is very emotional for some people and very distressing - if we succeed in identifying some ingredients that can fight this it will be a huge revolution.

"The next step is, will it be possible to implant? This is the holy grail."

Read more from the BBC news article here written b

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37484835

L'Oreal website link.


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