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Coming soon: Cloned hair follicles to cure baldness!

Published On: Sun, May 1st, 2011 | Stem Cell Research | By BioNews

In two years, you may have a new treatment for your hair loss.

In what might become the most effective permanent treatment for baldness, several research teams around the world have successfully cloned human hair follicles – though only in limited amounts.

Though human trials are yet to be held, the cloned follicles have been successfully implanted into the soles of the feet of mice and with human trials expected within two years, the new technology is giving hair-loss sufferers a great hope of remedy.

Now, the challenge for scientists at the University of Melbourne and St Vincent”s Hospital, and for research teams at Berlin Technical University and British company Intercytex, is to increase the number of follicles that can be cloned from a single hair taken from a patient”s scalp.

At the moment, one hair produces only one or two clones.

””We”ve got to find a way of increasing the yield,”” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Prof Rod Sinclair, head of the research team at St Vincent”s as saying.

””We”ve got to find a way of multiplying one hair extracted into 1000 hairs … what commonly happens in the expansion process is that they lose their ability to induce new hair follicles,” he said.

Sinclair said cloning hair was difficult because each strand, including its follicle, was a complete organ like a kidney or liver.

””Human stem cells are actually pretty weak and that”s one of the problems that we”ve got,”” he said.

To clone hair, scientists have to extract stem cells from the hair follicle, multiply them in a culture dish, and then implant them into the scalp.

””They have to produce hair that is the right thickness, the right length, the right angle as it leaves the scalp, and the right degree of curliness,”” said Sinclair.

Despite the difficulties, the scientists are encouraged by the success of the trials involving mice.

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  1. Alex says:

    I really hope this will work. We really need a treatment that works. There is too much fake products on the market. The only problem with this cloning thing is that it will be very expensive.

  2. Randy says:

    Yeah there are thousands of fake hair potions gee even on this page next to the Clone article clone selling a Ancient Formula. It never stops millions of people getting ripped off. Now hair transplants work but look how much they charge $20,000 to fill in a large bald spot. But the clone idea may not take off because if it really work, all these guys doing hair transplants are out of work. So you know what that means the clone idea will disappear . Kind of ashamed isn’t it.

  3. Wayne says:

    I can’t wait to see the result’s of these cloned hairs I would love to be one of the people for the trial’s how would I go about signing up for the trial’s I would love it

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