Cloning Hairs Seen As Possible Solution to Baldness

Released on: June 5, 2008, 11:56 am

Press Release Author: Harvey Ong /

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Cloning may soon become the answer to the prevalent problem
of baldness in both men and women, with British scientists finding a way to clone
hair follicles. The science is sound, human testing has been successful in their
results, and the researchers expect to make the technology available for the general
population within five years.

Press Release Body: June 2, 2008, London - While the common term is male pattern
baldness, the problem of becoming bald prematurely is actually fairly common in both
men and women. Millions of men and women suffer from this problem, but there might
be a solution forthcoming to allow people to regain their old, lustrous locks ---
through the controversial technology known as cloning.

The idea behind this, a technique known as "follicular cell implantation," was
recently tested on human beings by a British team of researchers. They promptly
hailed the procedure as a major advance in the methods available for hair
restoration, with the financial backing from the government amounting to 1.9

Theoretically, the therapy could provide limitless replacements for lost hair.
According to the team, the procedure could be used to replace hair lost to burns,
cancer treatments, or the simple ravages of old age. The researchers estimate that
the technology might be available to the average patient within the next five years,
in the best-case scenario.

The method involves extracting cells from the skin known as dermal papilla. These
cells are known to be responsible for the growth of hair, and are usually extracted
from the back of the scalp - where hair growth is known to continue despite losses
everywhere else. The cells are placed in a special culture, where they are made to
multiply, stimulating them into developing new hair follicles. The technique has
also been successfully used to rejuvenate areas that have simply stopped producing

Intercytex, the British company behind this procedure, is among the major companies
competing to find a way to reverse the hair loss that affects an estimated 40% of
men over the age of 50. They say that over a thousand injections might be required
before the number of hair cells in bald patients will show any signs of growth, but
believe it would be quicker and less invasive than the current alternative: hair

According to the team, it only takes a period of eight weeks for the cells to be
able to generate millions of themselves in the special culture developed, allowing
for rapid re-growth of hair follicles in the skin. Japanese, Italian, and American
groups have also reportedly made progress in using cloning as a means of restoring
hair growth, particularly through the use of adult stem cells.

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