Can Hair Transplant Use Cloned Hair from Someone Else’s Donor Tissue?

February 8th, 2007

Q: I was reading the hair cloning area on your site and came across this passage:

“Donor cells can be transferred from one person to another without being rejected. Since repeat hair implantations did not provoke the typical rejection responses, even though the donor was of the opposite sex and had a significantly different genetic profile, this indicates that the dermal sheath cells have a special immune status and that the lower hair follicle is one of the body’s ‘immune privileged’ sites.”

Does this mean that I could get a hair transplant from someone else’s head of hair one day? Any type of hair?

A: Yes, in theory we will be able to use someone else’s donor tissue to clone hair – but the technology to actually do this is still years away.

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on February 8th, 2007 at 6:43 am


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