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Baldness: A Thing Of the Past?

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So how's your hair health?

Japanese Company Finds Genes Linked to Baldness

Tue Jun 17,11:00 AM ET

TOKYO (Reuters) - Researchers in Japan have found two genes that affect male pattern baldness, a company involved in the study said on Tuesday, possibly taking a step toward a cure for the scourge of millions of men.

Japanese household goods manufacturer Lion Corp said that its joint study with the University of Tokushima in western Japan had discovered that two types of genes relate to both hair growth and hair loss functions.

The genes are Bone Morphogenetic Protein, which helps make bones, and ephrin, which helps make blood vessels.

The researchers made their discovery by extracting hair growth cells from the scalp and conducting a genetic analysis, the company said.

Lion said the team also found that a plant-derived ingredient, called 6-benzyl aminopurine, could help revitalise the two genes and help restore hair growth.

The company, which already sells hair-nourishment products in Japan and Korea, aims to develop a new hair-loss treatment using their findings, a spokeswoman said.

But she said the company could not say how soon it would develop a new product as research is still in its early stages.

Earlier media reports about the company's findings boosted shares in Lion by as much as 15.7 percent to 604 yen at one point on Tuesday, the highest since October 1996, although they shed some gains to end at 547 yen, up 4.79 percent.

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Im glad to see there is hope! I just hope I live long enough...

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