McDonald’s french fries might lead to a cure for baldness.
Researchers in Japan used a chemical found in the fries to grow hair follicles on mice, according to a study published in the journal Biomaterials.
The study focused on the transportation of hair follicles to areas where there is no hair on mice. Researchers used the chemical dimethylpolysiloxane as part of a solution to prepare 5,000 hair follicle germs.
An excerpt from the study reads, “These self-sorted hair follicle germs were shown to be capable of efficient hair-follicle and shaft generation upon intracutaneous transplantation into the backs of nude mice.”
Researchers say that more studies are needed, but the findings could lead to a strategy for hair regeneration.
According to McDonald’s, dimethylpolysiloxane is used as an anti-foaming agent in the oil used to fry french fries, Chicken McNuggets, and fried fish sandwiches.