About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

New Treatment To Cure Baldness On the Anvil

by VR Sreeraman on May 2, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Font : A-A+

 New Treatment To Cure Baldness On the Anvil

Several research teams around the world have successfully cloned human hair follicles, though only in limited amounts, which could prove to be the most effective permanent cure for baldness. The treatment is expected to be available in two years. 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.

Advertisement

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.
Advertisement

"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.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
Test Your Knowlege on Genes
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Hair Loss Hair Loss and Thinning - The Latest Treatments Hair Loss in Women Hair Loss in Men Hair Restoration Hair Replacement for Women Premature Balding Surprising Relationship between Scalp Tattoos and Baldness Healing Hair Loss with Homeopathy 

Most Popular on Medindia

How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Sanatogen Blood Pressure Calculator Iron Intake Calculator Indian Medical Journals Noscaphene (Noscapine) Drug Side Effects Calculator Accident and Trauma Care Find a Doctor Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT ONLINE WITH A DOCTOR

×

New Treatment To Cure Baldness On the Anvil Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests