Some day, perhaps in the future, hair loss will be a thing of the past. Scientists are currently researching the possibility of cloning ones hair. However, this treatment option is not likely to be available for several more decades. In this article, we will discuss what hair cloning is and the current state of hair cloning research.
What is hair cloning?
The basic concept of hair cloning is this. Healthy follicle cells are extracted from a patient from a non-balding part of their scalp. The healthy hair follicle cells are then sent to labs to be multiplied (cloned) through stem cell culture methods and injected in to the balding areas with a special device. Thus, an unlimited number of healthy hairs are created and an be injected or transplanted into balding areas.
History of hair cloning - Intercytex
A company by the name of Intercytex had been researching hair cloning as a treatment option. A lot of speculation and excitement grew as Intercytex began phase III trials, but the results were not as expected, in 2008 Intercytex admitted to failing to develop hair cloning as a treatment method. Since Intercytex there have been several other companies that have tried to start where Intercytex left off, but hair cloning remains a speculative future treatment option.
New hair cloning research - RepliCel
There is currently one company by the name of RepliCel Life Sceinces Inc. that has been researching replacing hormone-susceptible hair follicle cells with hair follicle cells that are not susceptible to hormone based genetic hair loss. The idea is to transfer tissue to a lab, where scientist will isolate healthy hair follicle cells. Those hair follicle cells are then replicated millions of times and then injected in to the balding area with a special device. Replicel has now partnered with a cosmetic company called Shisheido, Shisheido has an exclusive license to use its RCH-01 technology in Asia. RepliCel Life Sciences Inc, is planning phase II trials which are estimated to take place in 2019.
While the idea of hair cloning sounds promising and exciting, the truth is the gold standard for hair loss treatment remains to be hair restoration. However, not all hair transplants are created equal and the results of patients vary widely. In order to receive the best results possible a patient must select a surgeon with the skill, talent, experience and track record of producing outstanding patient results. Consult with a pre-screened hair transplant surgeon for all of the available treatments both surgical and non-surgical.
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