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Bald Gene Discovered

A new study has identified two genetic variations in Caucasian men that correlate with a huge increase in the risk of baldness. The genetic variations were found on chromosome 20, and the research was conducted by scientists at McGill University, King’s College London and GlaxoSmithKline Inc. About 1/3 of all men will develop the common type of male baldness by the age of 45 (to varying degrees of course), and as the first step toward a treatment is to understand the mechanisms behind, this could potentially pave the way for “anti-bald” drugs in the future. A specific variant of the X-chromosome have also been shown to correlate with male baldness, and the researchers say that if you have both the genetic variations on chromosome 20 and the “bald” X-chromosome, your chances of becoming bald increases sevenfold.

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October 13, 2008 - Posted by | Medicine | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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