A study performed by a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh made an interesting discovery regarding male baldness. They found 287 genes that trigger hair loss or baldness in men. What is unexpected is that 40 of these genes are inherited from mothers.
Hair loss is a problem that many men have to confront. Unfortunately, no matter how disliked this event is, there is not much to do to prevent going bald. This is why the scientists started this research. For the study, they categorized men from the “intensity” with which they lose their hair.
Thus, they found the categories that include severe hair loss, moderate hair loss, slight hair loss, and even the category that includes the lucky ones who do not experience hair loss at all.
The fact that the researchers found what causes baldness is a bit reassuring, although there is no guarantee that they can find a cure. Dr. Ricardo Marioni, researcher at the Center for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, said that the fact that they found the genetic factors that influence baldness is not enough at the moment for a cure. However, they are one step closer and will continue their research.
BioBank was a massive British experiment that collected data from 52,000 men and then sent it for the study. They found that about 16,700 men to not experience any hair loss issues. Almost 12,000 of them experience slight hair loss, 14,000 moderate hair loss, and 9,800 are the unlucky ones that fight with severe baldness.
The expectation is that, if the father is bald, the son will have the same issues. However, the researchers were surprised to find that 40 of those 287 hair loss related genes they collected were transmitted by the X chromosome. This means that they are inherited from the mother. This means that men should not always blame their fathers for their problems with baldness.
Also, the results showed that the baldness percentages increase at the same time with age. The researchers noted that male pattern baldness affects almost 80% of men by the age of 80. However, there are men who start losing hair early in life. In order to find out more about the hair loss genes and get more chances to find a cure, the researchers would need more people with an early onset of baldness.
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