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TimberWolf
8th March 2011, 12:51
causes impotence, says new study.

Cure for BALDNESS causes IMPOTENCE, says new study ? The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/08/baldness_cures_cause_impotence/)

No wonder men go bald, there's a selective advantage in doing so.

OwlHoot
8th March 2011, 13:19
I sometimes wonder if hair and sperm don't share a common cellular "ancestor", which was around when the first multi-celled creatures evolved back in the Cambrian about 700 million years ago.

If you think about it, hairs in hair follicles are vaguely similar to sperm growing in their ducts (or whatever the name is of the "matrix" their heads are embedded in while they grow).

On that assumption, it's no surprise that baldness is linked to testosterone.

TimberWolf
8th March 2011, 13:33
I sometimes wonder if hair and sperm don't share a common cellular "ancestor", which was around when the first multi-celled creatures evolved back in the Cambrian about 700 million years ago.

If you think about it, hairs in hair follicles are vaguely similar to sperm growing in their ducts (or whatever the name is of the "matrix" their heads are embedded in while they grow).

On that assumption, it's no surprise that baldness is linked to testosterone.

Why the distinctive male pattern baldness though, and not all over? It could also be a message. Perhaps something to indicate longevity, virility and maybe health* too. And of course testosterone levels. At least assuming men lived long enough to display these and for it to be a selective advantage.

* In a peacockish sense in being able to survive despite losing ones protective fur from the most exposed of places.

Mich the Tester
8th March 2011, 13:36
Why the distinctive male pattern baldness though, and not all over? It could also be a message. Perhaps something to indicate longevity, virility and maybe health* too. And of course testosterone levels. At least assuming men lived long enough to display these and for it to be a selective advantage.

* In a peacockish sense in being able to survive despite losing ones protective fur from the most exposed of places.

There's another, lesser known selective advantage of baldness. Back in the African savannah, where the sun beats down on the plains, a bald head could be used as a mirror to distract prey while a friend with a spear takes aim.

TimberWolf
8th March 2011, 13:47
There's another, lesser known selective advantage of baldness. Back in the African savannah, where the sun beats down on the plains, a bald head could be used as a mirror to distract prey while a friend with a spear takes aim.

Yeah, I can see it now:
Ogg1: "Oh, we're not going to take baldy are we? The gazelle see him miles off!".
Ogg2: "Yes, we are going to take baldy, because otherwise he'll just be back shagging all the women again. That guy walks around with a permanent stiffy and the women can't get enough of it. Anyway the old fart knows where the gazelle are"
Ogg3: "whs"

BlasterBates
8th March 2011, 13:48
Here it is the ultimate cure

Baldness Cure A Step Closer: Scientists Regrow Hair In Mice (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/17/scientists-may-have-found_n_824551.html)

Baldies will be a thing of the past.

AtW
8th March 2011, 13:56
I'll believe it when they grow up hairs on mouse's tail to make it look like a squirrel...

BlasterBates
8th March 2011, 14:02
Interesting statistic:

70% of men are completely bald by the time they're 60. If you're caucasion it's 80%

Male Pattern Hair Loss Information (http://www.dutasteride.cc/male_pattern_hair_loss.html)

You're all going to be baldies ....

AtW
8th March 2011, 14:04
Interesting statistic: 70% of men are completely bald by the time they're 60. Male Pattern Hair Loss Information (http://www.dutasteride.cc/male_pattern_hair_loss.html)

It goes much worse by the time men are 100 - most of them don't even make it :ind

xoggoth
8th March 2011, 15:14
Phew. I brought a bottle of that stuff yonks ago and then decided it was too expensive. Yet again saved by my meanness.