Japanese scientists have developed a way to grow hair follicles at a record rate. The study reported in Biomaterials used two kinds of cells placed in silicone containers to cultivate “hair follicle germs” — the sources of the tiny organs that grow and sustain hair. Led by professor Junji Fukuda at the Yokohama National University, the team managed to cultivate 5,000 within just a few days, enough to replenish hair. The method is a massive step up from existing laborious techniques that can create just 50 or so “germs” at once. www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/dealing-with-baldness-this-japanese-hair-growth-solution-could-be-the-answer?