Study: McDonald’s Fries Chemical May Cure Baldness

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Christina Zhao
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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 have used a “simple” method to regrow hair on mice with dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald’s fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.

Preliminary tests have indicated the ground-breaking method is 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.

HFG’s are the cells that drive follicle development and are known as the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research. The scientists credited the use of dimethylpolysiloxane as the key to the advancement.

“The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel,” Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University, said in the study. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of the culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

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The technique created 5,000 HFGs simultaneously. The research team then seeded the prepared HFGs from an ‘HFG’ chip, a fabricated approximately 300-microwell array, onto the mouse’s body.

“These self-sorted hair follicle germs (HFGs) were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon injection into the backs of nude mice,” Fukuda said.

Within days, Fukuda and his colleagues reported black hairs on the areas of the mouse where the chip was transplanted—the photo below also demonstrates the findings.

“This simple method is very robust and promising,” Fukuda said. “We hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). In fact, we have preliminary data that suggests human HFG formation using human keratinocytes and dermal papilla cells.”

In 2016, the U.S. hair loss treatment manufacturing industry was worth $6 billion. This included companies that produce restorative hair equipment, such as grafts for hair restoration, as well as oral and topical treatments.

McDonald’s did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment at the time of publication.

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4 years ago

Is this why the “cooks” at McDonalds wear gloves? So they don’t get hair on their palms?

Reply to  Glenn R. Geist
4 years ago

LOL! Yeah. That’s it 🙂

4 years ago

So, maybe that tangerine colored bathmat actually is Trump’s real hair.

Ron Reed
Reply to  BitcoDavid
4 years ago

It is not. He’s completely bald. His hair is manufactured just like the rest of his 239 pound self.

jess
4 years ago

AHA, we have found the reason dolt45 like Mcd’s, helps his male baldness.

Reply to  jess
4 years ago

Aww, Jess, you beat me to it! Hahaha!

jess
Reply to  BitcoDavid
4 years ago

Great minds think alike though don’t they?

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