Gene Therapy for Hair Loss
Gene Therapy is in its infancy and current therapies are primarily experimental. Human trials are still in the research stages. However Gene Therapy carries the promise of cure for hair loss and eventually will be known as the ultimate treatment for hair loss.
What does Gene Therapy do? If you recall in Pattern Baldness even in the advanced stages of Baldness, hair loss always happens from the front and the vertex portion of the head, the rim and the back portion of the head are spared. This is because the hair roots on the rim and the back of the head are genetically programmed to withstand the hormonal damage and thus the hair in these areas remain intact even in advanced stages.
Gene therapy is the process by which these protective genes that prevent hair loss are identified. Once identified, they could be activated in the hair roots on the front and vertex of the head, preventing hair loss from that area too. As simple as it sounds, the real problem lies in identifying the right set of genes. But it is only a question of time before it happens, and when it does hair loss could become extinct for mankind.