Is gene therapy be the answer to my bad hair?

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Is gene therapy be the answer to my bad hair?

Post by alion » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:06 am

I'm male from Yemen where where the air is always arid and sun is scorching. My hair is totally course and dry and very curly. It feels like wool and I absolutely just hate it. :x When I wake up in the morning, one side is completely flat and it look very weird. Combing is another story.

My cousin has completely different hair. His is wavy and silky and I so envy him for that. :cry: He can just get up and go into town and not even think about his hair.

I have spent a lot of time researching possible solution but came up empty.
But lately I have been thinking about this gene therapy thing. I don't know much about how it would work but I can't help to wonder borrowing some genes from my cousin and using them to produce his kind of hair. Is it possible? I need a solution as this is causing me anxiety and I just want some peace of mind.

PS: I wouldn't care if it stayed curly if it was at least soft.

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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:32 am

Gene therapy is not yet available, and even if it was, i doubt anyone would practice gene therapy on you to change the way your hair looks. I mean, come on man! For crying out loud, cut your hair, buy some hair gel or something...
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Post by alion » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:36 pm

MrMistery,
I wish it were that easy.

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Post by xOpolskasoccerOx » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:13 pm

are you kidding me!?! gene theraphy is designed to be used to replaced genes that have the disease with normal genes. It is not used for a solution to buy hair. Use deep conditioner and maybe straighten it with a conair straightener it would make your hair silky, soft, and not curly. Also don't forget to use shampoo because shampoo alone can cause your hair to be wavier and curlier than usual. Also try to blow dry your hair after your shower to reduced static. And read a magazine or somehting about hair!

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Post by MrMistery » Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:14 pm

aah... run it past me why you can't get a haircut?
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Post by cyberpostdoc » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:08 am

I don't think gene therapy can help. Because if your cell is already developed, it might not be able to be modified for new features.

Only if you are at the early stage of development, then you can use gene therapy, say you have a bad gene, and before you child is born, you detect that your child gets the gene, then at a particular development stage of your child, you can do a gene therapy for him.

After that stage, let alone you are now a grown-up, I don't think gene therapy would work.

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Post by Locus » Sun Feb 04, 2007 4:43 pm

alion - if you so hate your heir - take it off! :D
But gene therapy is slightly used now (may be jast now not used at all) and for much more sierios problems with health than heir, and I think ever it was used for those thinks, it is extremly diffcalt to know what exactly cause such problems - it is not seems like loss of function of some gene - so it may be a lot of different thinks that can be involved. (also, it can be not caused by the genes at all - only development process)
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Post by LilKim » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:00 pm

or you can have your hair chemically straightened... it's cheap if you do it for yourself!

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Post by Dr.Stein » Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:03 am

Go to a mall and choose your favorite wig :)
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Post by The Weasel » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:23 am

I feel your pain, my hair is almost alwasy in a state of absolute chaos, although the thing i do is use alot of conditioner, and wash it regulary, it straightens out the wrinkles and makes in nice, sofe and silky. :wink:


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hmmm....

Post by bio_nerd101 » Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:35 pm

well since im a gurl, im going to give you some advice.....do you have a sister? maybe she can help you, you can borrow her straightner and straighten your hair, just don't tell no one and say it's a new shampoo...then find your self a gurlfriend you can talk to and she will help you with all your hair problems cause gurls always have stuff to fix thier hair...since you know.....our hair is the most important thing for us, next to our clothes and shoes....

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