Researchers at UCLA's Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Oregon Health and Sciences University accidentally came across a solution for baldness which involves manipulating stress receptors and hormones.

Scientists at UCLA’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Oregon Health and Sciences University accidentally came across a solution for baldness which involves manipulating stress receptors and hormones. The experiments were actually testing for the relationship of stress to the gastrointestinal tract. Popular Science explains the experiment:

The researchers were using mice that have been genetically engineered to produce an excess of a stress hormone called corticotrophin-releasing factor, or CRF. As they age, the super-stressed mice lose hair and eventually become bald on their backs. Researchers at the Salk Institute developed a peptide called “astressin-B”, which blocks the action of CRF, and the teams injected the peptide into the bald mice.

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