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Gene Therapy

Posted by Imagine Clinic for Hair on February 10, 2011

Detection of genetically modified organisms

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Gene therapy, of all sorts, are still in the trial phase. None have been used as treatment outside the trial phases.
Basically gene therapy is using a viral vector (a vehicle) that infects your cells and damages your DNA by splicing in a new gene. This works because we already know the genes that cause specific diseases. Unfortunately, we are not close to determine what specific gene is causing male or female pattern baldness yet.  There are some indications that it may be multiple genes. Without an identifiable targeted gene, we are only in the beginnings of this process. With so little research money dedicated to hair loss (since it is not considered a genetic disease) we probably will not see gene therapy for hair loss in the next ten, or more likely twenty years.

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