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A bald-less world: Have scientists discovered a cure for baldness?

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Prince William and Kate join other members of the Royal Family arrive as they attend the Christmas Day service at  at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate join other members of the Royal Family arrive as they attend the Christmas Day service at at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Prince William and Kate join other members of the Royal Family arrive as they attend the Christmas Day service at at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Those feeling self-conscious about their receding hairline will delight in the news that scientists believe they have found a permanent cure for baldness.

Researchers from Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in California succeeded in growing hair for the first time using human stem cells.

Past research which was carried on healthy dermal papilla cells which are responsible for follicle growth failed to grow successfully.

"Our stem cell method provides an unlimited source of cells from the patient for transplantation and isn’t limited by the availability of existing hair follicles,"explained Alexey Terskikh, associate professor at Sanford-Burnham.

The research was carried out on hairless mice and the scientists behind the experiment believe it is a significant step forward in the research of male pattern baldness.

One in four men begin losing hair by the time they are 20, while 50pc of men are affected by baldness.

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