Gray hair is a sign of old age, but also a mark of elegance, of a gentleman. When you look at Sean Connery or George Clooney you don’t see an old man; you perceive him as being something similar to good, aged wine. Hair discoloration was associated throughout history as a visible sign of hidden knowledge. That’s why Gandalf was gray; he was wise and knowledgeable. That and a gene in his DNA programmed his hair to look like that.
And now scientists believe that the gene responsible for gray hair was discovered. Alongside the “code” for the black and white old hair picture, the researchers also found additional genes that are responsible for beard thickness, curly hair, and even the infamous unibrow.
But don’t go dancing just yet, ladies. This doesn’t mean that you will soon line up at your closest genetic manipulation laboratory and demand for a curly hair DNA redo.
Researchers announced that the gene responsible for gray hair was discovered alongside those who give an individual unique features like curly hair, a thick beard, and a unibrow.
In order to reach these results, the scientists studied a sample of approximately 6,500 individuals with mixed ancestry from Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Colombia.
According to their analysis, that scientifically demonstrated something that was already considered a universal truth, people’s hair turn gray at different rates. Some go through the transformation quickly, other gradually. It all depends on how fast the hair follicles go out of the natural pigment that colors the hair of an individual.
And it’s not just the gene interfering with the natural color of the owner. The white hairs are also influenced by different environmental factors like smoking, sun exposure and, of course, the number one factor that is associated with hair discoloration, stress.
The scientists that conducted the research hope that the data they collected will help them or future scientist generations to discover a way to stop the graying process.
They are also hopeful that their work stands on the basis of the genetics approach to aging.
As the gene responsible for gray hair was discovered, we are one step closer to deciphering the DNA code.
Maybe sometime in the future people won’t have to resort to cosmetic surgery in order to fix an appearance flaw, but they will go to a laboratory of genetic manipulation and have their nose size reprogrammed.
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