Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Can't comb your kids hair? This gene may be to blame


A geneticist in germany has linked three genes to a rare condition referred to as "uncombable hair syndrome". Although very rare, with only about 100 cases reported, 71% of cases were attributed to a mutation in the PADI3 gene. This gene is responsible for the formation of the hair shaft, and this mutation causes the hair shaft to be formed with a groove in it. This causes the hair to stand up and stick out, no matter how much it is combed. A small percentage of cases were attributed to mutations with the TGM3 or TCHH gene, but a quarter of the cases are still unexplained. 

The condition seems to improve with age, and has no side effects detrimental to the health of the individual. 

Relevant article: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/uncombable-hair-syndrome-gene 


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