DermaGenoma, Inc. a genetic research and development firm announced at the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery’s 18th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston a new test to determine if there is a genetic basis behind hair loss in adult women.
Called the HairDX Genetic Test for Female Androgen Sensitivity, the test examines genetic variations in a woman’s androgen receptor gene to assess her androgen sensitivity. This can determine if her female hair loss has a hormonal cause. Hair loss has been linked to differences in androgen sensitivity due to genetic variations in the AR gene.
Knowing a woman’s androgen sensitivity will help her doctor determine if her hair loss has an androgenic basis. Patients with high androgen sensitivity could benefit from anti-androgen therapies.
“This test addresses a long standing clinical need in the treatment of women with hair loss; the ability to identify those patients who will benefit from a specific type of hormonal therapy,” said Dr. Kenneth Washenik, Medical Director of Bosley and the Executive Vice President of Scientific and Medical Development of the Aderans Research Institute. “This test adds much needed specificity to our ability to evaluate androgenetic alopecia in women suffering from hair loss.”
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