The Reading / Listening - Baldness - Level 4

Scientists have worked on a cure for baldness for decades. Help may be near for bald or balding people. Japanese scientists have found stem cells that aid hair regeneration. This is welcome news for millions who suffer from baldness. The scientists are now doing laboratory tests. They hope to adapt the stem cells and make a hair loss therapy. Baldness mainly affects men. By the age of 35, around two-thirds of men will experience hair loss.



The scientists took fur cells from mice and cultured them in the lab. They used 220 combinations of chemicals to make the hair regrow naturally. The lead scientist said there is a cyclical regeneration of hair follicles from stem cells. He hopes to make "hair follicle regeneration therapy a reality in the near future". He added: "Losing hair is not life-threatening, but it adversely affects the quality of life."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Baldness - Level 5 or  Baldness - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/02/14/national/hair-loss-researchers/
  • https://bgr.com/2021/02/13/baldness-cure-stem-cell-hair-growth-riken-study/
  • https://interestingengineering.com/a-cure-for-baldness-may-lie-in-engineering-stem-cells-that-regenerate


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. worked on a cure for baldness
  2. bald or
  3. millions who suffer
  4. laboratory
  5. They hope to adapt
  6. a hair loss
  7. Baldness mainly
  8. two-thirds of men will experience
  1. hair loss
  2. tests
  3. the stem cells
  4. affects men
  5. for decades
  6. from baldness
  7. therapy
  8. balding people

Paragraph 2

  1. fur cells
  2. cultured them
  3. 220 combinations
  4. make the hair regrow
  5. a cyclical regeneration of
  6. in the near
  7. Losing hair is not life-
  8. adversely affects
  1. of chemicals
  2. threatening
  3. hair follicles
  4. the quality of life
  5. in the lab
  6. from mice
  7. future
  8. naturally

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have worked on (1) ___________________ baldness for decades. Help may be (2) ___________________ or balding people. Japanese scientists have found stem cells (3) ___________________ regeneration. This is welcome news for millions (4) ___________________ baldness. The scientists are now doing laboratory tests. They hope to adapt the stem cells and make a (5) ___________________. Baldness mainly affects men. By the age of 35, around two-thirds of men will (6) ___________________.

The scientists took (7) ___________________ mice and cultured them in the lab. (8) ___________________ combinations of chemicals to make the (9) ___________________. The lead scientist said there (10) ___________________ regeneration of hair follicles from stem cells. He hopes to make "hair follicle regeneration (11) ___________________ in the near future". He added: "Losing hair is not life-threatening, but it (12) ___________________ quality of life."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshaveworkedonacureforbaldnessfordecades.Helpmaybene
arforbaldorbaldingpeople.Japanesescientistshavefoundstemcellsth
ataidhairregeneration.Thisiswelcomenewsformillionswhosufferfro
mbaldness.Thescientistsarenowdoinglaboratorytests.Theyhopetoa
daptthestemcellsandmakeahairlosstherapy.Baldnessmainlyaffects
men.Bytheageof35,aroundtwo-thirdsofmenwillexperiencehairloss
.Thescientiststookfurcellsfrommiceandculturedtheminthelab.Theyu
sed220combinationsofchemicalstomakethehairregrownaturally.Th
eleadscientistsaidthereisacyclicalregenerationofhairfolliclesfromste
mcells.Hehopestomake"hairfollicleregenerationtherapyarealityinth
enearfuture".Headded:"Losinghairisnotlife-threatening,butitad
verselyaffectsthequalityoflife."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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