Stem cell cloning for hair - when will it be available?
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Cloning of hair
Following the concept of cell based therapies, it is important to be aware of a few potentially exciting therapies. They haven't completed all studies but there is some potential in dermal cup cell based therapies that the Vancouver based RepliCel Life Sciences is studying in clinical trials. Skin is taken from the back of a patient and dermal cup cells are expanded in the lab until they are ready to be injected back into patients with hair loss. These technologies could be helpful but how well it really works isnt known yet.
Hair Cloning and Stem Cell Research
The experiments you are hearing about has only been conducted on rats (i.e. human hair follicles growing on the backs of rodents). And the hair which grows is thin and wispy.
Researchers need to test these methods on humans. They still need to find out how to create standard looking hair, how to get the follicles to follow natural growth patterns on the head and how the human immune system will react to these follicles.