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Genetic Roots of our Hair

Adhikari and his colleagues examined the DNA of 6,357 people from Latin America. The region is a genetic melting pot, with populations from European, Native American and sub-Saharan African ancestors. To find genes for different hair types, there can be few better places to look.

Study into genes linked to hair types, beard thickness and monobrows paves way for new forensic techniques, as well as more commercial 
beauty uses

Can science really stop grey hairs? We’re getting really close, having discovered the connections between our genes and our hair texture, colour, patterns, and so on.

Recent findings in genetic research have delved deeply to study the genetic “roots” of our hair types. Once these genes are identified, products and even medicines can be developed to alter heads of hair all over the world.

It’s no wonder that these studies are taking place in Latin America, a region scientists consider a “genetic melting pot.”

Should murder ever strike Sesame Street, a variant of the PAX3 gene found at the scene could be good news for tufty-haired Ernie, but not for monobrowed Bert.
Should murder ever strike Sesame Street, a variant of the PAX3 gene found at the scene could be good news for tufty-haired Ernie, but not for monobrowed Bert. Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex Features 

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