Research has shown that cells from hair follicles can be isolated from a donor and injected into the skin of the patient, creating new, intact hair. However, this treatment is still at the development stage. Extracted cells do not always develop as expected once extracted from the donor there are concerns that transplanted cells may not create the correct colour, thickness or direction of hair growth required. Even worse, safety concerns exist over the implanted cells and whether they could cause tumours. Do you remember Dolly the sheep, the first animal that was cloned using somatic cells? Hair cloning is nothing as complicated as Dolly as it is not about duplicating an army of new hair follicles because hair follicles are small individual organs and it's very hard to be replicated as a whole outside the body. The procedure is more related to manipulating and stimulating certain special cells to trigger new hairs and promote existing hair growth. Hair cloning may become a viable option at some point in the future but at present, the method is relatively untested, has no regulation, no standardised safety policies and no quality control. HIS Hair Clinics strongly advise customers to approach companies offering hair cloning services with caution, as we do not believe the complex technology behind hair cloning is ready to be offered freely to the open market. Concerns about possible cancer development only reinforce our belief that this technology requires significantly more research before it should be offered to private patients.

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