Nightly News | October 21, 2013
>>> it is known as one of the holy grails in the business of science and medicine. whoever comes up with a bonified cure for baldness is going to make billions and be praised as a hero. while it's the too early for rejoicing among humans there was a recent flurry of excitement in the mouse community when a solution seemed the to work, at least on mice. in a blatant bit of typecasting on our part, we get our report tonight from nbc's harry smith .
>> reporter: for men --
>> it leaves your hair looking radiantly alive.
>> reporter: -- or for women, vanity and hair are synonymous. fashion forward women invest in hair extensions .
>> it covers your bald spot.
>> reporter: american m do everything they can to replace or boler thealding pat the e. blame it on sampson. when he lost his hair, he lost his mojo.
>> it is a special category of dermatology.
>> reporter: scientists at columbia university look to be on their way to curing hair loss .
>> it is an exciting discovery, really. it's one of the first time i think adult stem cells can generate a new organ and human tissue .
>> reporter: dr. andrea christiano says transplanting hair, it grew. a big deal for 65% of men and 80% of women who will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 60.
>> if it works in humans, it opens up the possibility of hair restoration for many more patients than are currently eligible.
>> reporter: she's been searching for a cure to hair loss since she lost some of her hair to alopecia as a young women . while many men have made peace with it, for women it's a different story.
>> it's not the same for men. men who shave their heads are fashionable. seldom do you see a woman with a shaved head you would consider glamorous and fashionable.
>> reporter: it could be years before it makes it to the marketplace. perhaps late for those who long ago stopped dreaming of a head full of hair. harry smith , nbc news,