A cure for baldness has been discovered in McDonald's fries
Scientists at Yokohama National University have successfully regrown hair on bald mice in a laboratory using a technique they say could be easily transferred to humans.
Dimethylpolysiloxane is a silicon-based organic polymer, which is a very fancy way of saying it's a slippery lubricant. It's used in shampoos, tiles and actual lubricant... and it's used in salty, crispy ol' McDonald's fries. The Japanese scientists combined the polymer with stem cells to find their huge discovery, so buckle up because I'm about to explain some science.
The scientists became the first team to develop a way to mass produce hair follicle germs (HFGs), the building blocks for regrowing hair. Dimethylpolysiloxane, that magical polymer, makes it safer to heat oil by stopping it from foaming and this means oxygen can pass through easily. After using it in the research process, the scientists were able to create 5,000 HFGs at the same time which is a level that's actually feasible for mass treatment. This could mean your dad queuing up at your local CVS for that sweet french fry juice with a head of hair like Kit Harrington. Professor Fukuda said:
“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. This simple HFG preparation approach is a promising strategy for improving current hair-regenerative medicine techniques. This method is very robust and promising and we hope this technique will improve human hair regenerative therapy to treat hair loss such as androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).”
You heard it here first, folks. McDonald's fries could be the future saviour of male pattern baldness. It might be a special polymer inside the fries rather than physically eating a sleeve but don't let that put you off. It can't hurt, right?