McDonald’s French fries are salty, crispy and addictive but it now seems that they might have another profound attribute to put hair on your head.
The discovery was made after a new study out of Japan was conducted showing that a chemical used in the cooking of the fast food giant's fries could be the key to curing baldness.
The Stem cell researchers at Yokohama National University succeeded in regrowing hair on mice by using dimethylpolysiloxane to mass-produce "hair follicle germs," or HFG. Dimethylpolysiloxane is the silicone that is added to McDonald's fries to prevent the oil from frothing.
The journal Biomaterials released the study last week it publicized the cooking oil additive as the breakthrough in the experiment.
"The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel," Professor Junji Fukuda, of Yokohama National University, said in the study. "We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well."
Hair regenerative medicine has been frustrated by the difficulty of producing large masses of HFGs, but the dimethylpolysiloxane preparation allowed scientists to create up to 5,000 HFGs simultaneously.
The HFGs were transferred from a "fabricated approximately 300-microwell array, called an HFG chip, to generate hair follicles and hairs on the mouse body," according to the study. The technique has only been tested on mice but Fukuda believes that there`s a great promise for humans.