Baldness is one of the most common problems that middle aged people, most especially men, encounter. Permanent, long-term solutions have always been elusive though some companies claim that they have a clear solution to baldness. Some researchers have turned to cloning to help treat baldness.
- Cloning is one of the possible options that could be used to treat baldness.
- If this option will be fully developed, it can truly reduce the number of people going bald each year.
- As early as 2008, Intercytex has announced successful clinical trials using cloning to treat baldness. However, subsequent clinical trials turned out unsuccessful so that the company discontinued their research and sold the company and its assets and research.
- Still, this does not mean that the future of hair cloning is doomed. Another company, Aderans Research Institute Inc. (ARI), acquired key technology assets from Intercytex. Today, further research and clinical trials are being done by the company.
How Much will Hair Cloning Cost
- The costs of cloning are far more expensive than simple transplants.
- There are possible reasons why this is so. Foremost is the fact that the procedure is lengthy, requiring removal of stem cells, regeneration, and transplantation.
- Also, the costs will vary depending on how large the area to be transplanted with hair follicles will be.
Hair Cloning Procedure
- In theory, cloning seems to be simple yet it really is very complex and may not always be effective. This is exemplified by the history of cloning of hair wherein millions of dollars have been spent for research yet so very few positive results have been published.
- Still, the following procedure will be followed:
- First, the whole head will be examined to determine where the healthy portions are and where the thinning or already bald places are.
- Then, hair follicles will be taken from the back of the neck. This is the place where stem cells and dermal papilla cells have been detected.
- These cells are cloned and multiplied.
- When sufficient hairs have been created, these will be transplanted unto the thinning areas.
Hair Cloning Side Effects
- Because the technology and its procedures are not yet commonly used, little is known about their side effects.
- Still, there are a number of possible side effects that the patient might experience but only further studies will determine what these are.