It seems that almost every day a new medical procedure using genetic manipulation is being announced. Gene therapy is slated to be the medical breakthroughs that offer hope for millions of people suffering from conditions and diseases which are based on genes passed down through family lines. One really exciting area is in the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness.
A genetic research company in British Columbia, Trichoscience, currently has a cutting edge baldness treatment in trials within The EU. Preliminary trials have been very promising which green lighted to start of the next phase of studies. It appears as though a real cure for baldness may be in the offing but the trials will tell.
In standard hair restoration surgery the surgeon removes growing hair follicles from one area of the patient’s head and then implants them into the bald spot. Of course, the success of this procedure is based on the patient having good hair growth somewhere on his or her which can be used as a donation site.
But what if hair could be grown outside the body and then transplanted. This is exactly what genetic engineers propose with trichoscience cellular replication. A few cells from a hair follicle would be used as “seeds” from which other hair follicles would grow. These brand new hairs would then be implanted into the patient’s scalp instead of just transferring follicles from part of the head to another. The biggest benefit with this procedure may be the female population. Generally, when a woman loses her hair it happens over the entire scalp which means there are not good donor sites. If new hair could be grown and then transplanted into the scalp this problem of thinning hair could be solved forever.
Keep your eye out for more information about trichoscience and their new genetically engineered hair loss treatment