I’ve been reading more of the news items about yesterday’s publication of the two studies in Nature Genetics, and pulled some key quotes from various news sites that are worth highlighting.
From the BBC —
“Analysis of DNA from 5,000 volunteers with and without male-pattern baldness found two stretches of the genome linked with the condition.”
“One was the androgen receptor gene and has already been linked to male-pattern baldness. The other region is on chromosome 20 and is nowhere near any known gene.”
We’ve long known that genes were responsible for hair loss, but now they’ve finally been identified.
From the Scotsman —
“Until now, the only known genetic link with male baldness was on the female chromosome, meaning it could be passed down to men from their mother’s father.”
“Dr Richards said so far they had only identified a cause of hair loss.”
In other words, the cure isn’t here and this is still the very early stage, so don’t cancel your hair transplant just yet.
From the Wall Street Journal —
But dermatologists say that looking at hair shafts under a microscope can spot shrinkage years before it’s apparent. “We can pick it up when kids are teenagers,” says Robert Bernstein, founder of Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration, a treatment clinic in New York. He agrees that medication can slow hair loss only if it isn’t too advanced. Once an area is devoid of hair, only a transplant can restore it.
This is what I’ve been talking about all along — mapping your scalp for miniaturization.