… And in delicious news. Scientists from Yokohama National University claim they have mass produced hair follicle germs (HFG) which aid in hair growth, using a chemical most commonly found in McDonald’s fries.
The chemical dimethylpolysiloxane is used in the fries to prevent cooking oil from foaming when reaching high temperatures.
This potentially game-changing study has only been tested on mice — as is the scientific way — but researchers are confident the results will be replicable in humans.
Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University, said: “The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel.
“We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.
“This simple method is very robust and promising. 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.”
So there, your habit of rubbing Macca’s fries all over your head isn’t as crazy as those shift workers at the Twin Caltex Macca’s would have made you believe.