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Columbia Researchers Uncover Hair Density, Texture Gene
Posted: February 27, 2008
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Christiano's discoveries have led to the identification of several genes controlling human hair growth. It remains to be determined whether common variants on the P2RY5 gene can also contribute to naturally occurring variations in hair texture between different human populations. According to the researchers, P2RY5 is the first gene of a type known as a G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) implicated in a human hair disorder—thereby making it possible to develop drugs that target this receptor.