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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Bye-Bye Baldy

From the Associated Press, Wed Aug 30, 12:20 PM ET

LONDON (AFP) - In a finding that could help treat an inherited form of baldness, a research team in Manchester claims to have discovered a protein "code" that instructs cells to sprout hair.
By sending the code to more cells than usual, the scientists at the University of Manchester say they were able to breed mice with more fur -- a feat that could potentially be replicated in humans.
"During human development, skin cells have the ability to turn into other types of cells to form hair follicles, sweat glands, teeth and nails," explained Denis Headon, who led the research.
"Which cells are transformed into hair follicles is determined by three proteins that are produced by our genes," he said.
"Our research has identified how one of these proteins working outside of the cell interacts at a molecular level to determine an individual's hair pattern as the embryonic skin spatially organises itself."
The research was targeted at helping people with ectodermal dysplasia, an inherited condition that is characterised by the abnormal development of hair, skin, nails, teeth and sweat glands.

8 Comments:

Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

That's great! I mean, now that cancer is cured, AIDS is under control and there are no starving children anywhere in the world, we can concentrate on what's really important...bald dudes. Next up, the non-wear sneaker tread.

Mon Sep 04, 05:41:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

What a waste of time.

Baldness is, usually, in the genes. it's natural, for some guys. Get over it.

You'd think these scientists would have something better to do with their time.

Mon Sep 04, 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Pretty much, QD!

Besides, how do they ensure that you get the hair in the place you want it? Too risky, if you ask me... You don't want to wind up looking like you're wearing a wool sweater even with your shirt off.

Mon Sep 04, 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well Rogue here is the problem. A lot of cancer can be prevented by limiting exposure to carcinogens. If you don’t want cancer then don’t smoke. With AIDS, many of those with the disease are poor and can not afford health insurance, so the drug companies are not going to waste all the Research and Development time on a drug that will be too available for the patients to afford.
But a baldness drug, think of how many rich bald guys there are, and how much money a drug company could make off this drug. Look through the House and Senate alone and you will see a line of customers, but none of these customers have AIDS or need a drug for AIDS. Drug companies want to make money; they don’t care about helping people. If they did they would make the prices of their products cheaper, but they don’t because then they would not make as much money.
I assumes you would have already known this.

Tue Sep 05, 09:50:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Um yeah, I did. This wasn't another one of your "social expirements" was it? Did I show my lack of concern for bald people and mice alike? I was hoping not to tip my hand. I'm with QD, if you're bald...get over it. Hell, the shaved head is all the rage these days, you'd think people would be happy to be ahead of the curve.

Wed Sep 06, 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

No, no experiment here. But, the drug companies are going to spend a lot of money on ways to cure baldness because this is where the money is, and in erectile dysfunction. These two “ailments” are most often not covered by health insurance and instead people would have to pay full-price for the drugs, which means more money for the drug companies. But with an AIDS drug, health insurance companies would pay for a cure, which means less money for the drug company, and their would be a public outcry for the drug company to supply the drug to third world countries for free, and there is no money in that.
To me this is just another problem with big business.

Wed Sep 06, 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

Isn't it funny that a people can get pills on demand to make up for shortcomings, i.e. baldness, erectile dysfunction, and the like, but when an athlete decides they need a little something for an edge, they're cheaters? If they could develop a cure, they could charge an arm and a leg for it. People could just take out "Health Mortgages" and make payments. If it meant the difference between living and dying, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Thu Sep 07, 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, you would do it in a heartbeat because even if you did have to take out a Health Mortgage, you still could, but there are people who can’t. And these people would die because the drugs would be too expensive.

Fri Sep 08, 10:25:00 PM  

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