No more dyeing to get to the root of the problem

Sometimes the best discoveries are made by accident, just look at penicillin, the microwave, and Viagra. Scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center made their own discovery of this nature while researching the role of a protein in tumor formation. To quote the researchers: “Serendipitously, we found that the mice without SCF in Krox20 lineage cells developed hair graying and, early in life, lost all hair pigmentation.” Basically, they think this SCF gene is in some way responsible for telling hair cells, “hey let’s not look old yet.” It may not be the discovery they were initially looking for, but if we’re being honest it’s probably a much plumper cash cow.