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Scientists Find 'Werewolf' Gene

Posted by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM
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ve discovered a genetic mutation responsible for a disorder that causes people to sprout thick hair on their faces and bodies.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/06/04/scientists-find-werewolf-gene/#ixzz1OMth4PVr

Hypertrichosis, sometimes called "werewolf syndrome" is a very rare condition, with fewer than 100 cases documented worldwide. But researchers knew the disorder runs in families, and in 1995 they traced the approximate location of the mutation to a section of the X chromosome (one of the two sex chromosomes) in a Mexican family affected by hypertrichosis.

Men with the syndrome have hair covering their faces and eyelids, while women grow thick patches on their bodies. In March, a Thai girl with the condition got into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's hairiest child.

A man in China with congenital hypertrichosis helped researchers break the case. Xue Zhang, a professor of medical genetics at the Peking Union Medical College, tested the man and his family and found an extra chunk of genes on the X chromosome. The researchers then returned to the Mexican family and also found an extra gene chunk (which was different from that of the Chinese man) in the same location of their X chromosomes.

The extra DNA may switch on a hair-growth gene nearby, resulting in runaway furriness. The best bet for a culprit, wrote study researcher Pragna Patel of the University of Southern California, is a gene called SOX3, which is known to play a role in hair growth.

"If in fact the inserted sequences turn on a gene that can trigger hair growth, it may hold promise for treating baldness or hirsutism [excessive hair growth] in the future, especially if we could engineer ways to achieve this with drugs or other means," Patel said in a statement.

The study is detailed in the June 2 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics.



I wonder why the hir on her body and face is more fur like than hair like.
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:24 PM
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EmmasMom0305
by Bronze Member on Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:27 PM
I will never complain about my facial hair again...
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Kaelansmom
by on Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM


Quoting EmmasMom0305:

I will never complain about my facial hair again...

me neither

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Right...they transfer this gene to a balding man and he suddenly sprouts facial fur....I don't think THAT drug will make it through FDA approval! :P

sugarstar22
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:01 AM

 i bet the gillette razors and gel sales are pretty high in mexico lol

Veni.Vidi.Vici
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:13 AM


Quoting sugarstar22:

 i bet the gillette razors and gel sales are pretty high in mexico lol

surprised

sugarstar22
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:19 AM

 im just hoping i dont carry the gene :( lol

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici:


Quoting sugarstar22:

 i bet the gillette razors and gel sales are pretty high in mexico lol

surprised

 

sugarstar22
by on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:20 AM

 is it me or does  the photo look a bit fake?

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Wow, that's probably where the stories came from. This rare condition, and the poor folks who were ostracized  in early civilization and forced to live alone in the woods.

karla85
by Bronze Member on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:29 AM

Bahahahaha I agree.

Quoting EmmasMom0305:

I will never complain about my facial hair again...


DangerDarling
by Fabulous on Jun. 5, 2011 at 12:56 AM

I think the hair on her face looks fur-like because it's probably trimmed to keep it from getting in her way. It looks like someone has made the effort to differentiate between her head hair and her face hair. It's good that they've discovered what causes the mutation. I wonder if they'll find a way to treat it? (Other than, obviously, shaving.) 

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