Hair Duplication (formerly Autocloning)
Hair Duplication with ACell works on the principle that a hair, when plucked properly, will emerge with its epithelial cells (cells from which the hair and nails are formed) and follicular stem cells intact. According to Dr. Jerry Cooley, applying ACell to the plucked hair and then implanting it into the scalp “stimulates the body’s innate regenerative potential” in order to rebuild a completely new follicle including sebaceous gland and dermal papilla. Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete sebum to lubricate and waterproof the skin and hair. The dermal papilla (DP) regulates hair follicle development and growth and is also thought to be a reservoir of multi-potent stem cells.
Since plucked hairs also regrow in the original site, a potentially limitless donor supply is created, providing hair loss sufferers with the possibility of restoring a full head of hair. While very exciting news, it is important to note that there is still much research yet to be conducted.
For a more comprehensive discussion on hair duplication and ACell including Dr. Jerry Cooley's findings and results, visit "Dr. Jerry Cooley’s Presentation on ACell MatriStem in Hair Restoration and Hair Duplication (Formerly Known As Autocloning)".