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South Korean Researchers Tout Potential Cure for Baldness

'PTD-DBM' reported to have regrown hair in shaved mice.

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Hair today, gone tomorrow, back the day after that.

Researchers at South Korea’s Yonsei University announced that they made a breakthrough in a potential cure for baldness, Esquire reported. 

The “PTD-DBM” medicine stems from the discovery that preventing the normal combination of the CXXC5 protein with another protein would unlock cells’ natural ability to regenerate follicles.

“We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerates damaged skin tissues, lead researcher Kang-Yell Choi said in a statement.

The Yonsei research team confirmed the results by shaving mice and then injecting them with the biochemical mix. PTD-DBM made their fur grow back again. Researchers are waiting for government approval to begin tests on humans.

The research was funded by the nation’s science ministry, with the findings published in the latest edition of The Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

Read full story at Esquire