Vitiligo treatment shows promise

February 27, 2013 3:53:42 PM PST
Rush and Loyola University researchers may have helped develop a protein that could become the first effective treatment for vitiligo.

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder that appears as white patches on the skin. About 1 million Americans have it.

This modified protein was tested on mice with vitiligo.

The results were striking. The mice fur before the treatment had the coloring of a salt and pepper beard.

But, after they were vaccinated, the mice's fur turned black.

Currently, there are no long-term effective treatments. It is hoped human trials will prove it works.