Hair: Curly Genes
As a result, the chance of inheriting curly hair is around 90 per cent. Obviously the secret to straight or curly hair is in your genes.
In essence hair which is curly got that way as part of a curly gene which scientists are currently studying. Researchers in Australia identified the trichohyalin gene as being mainly responsible for creating curls.
Although it was known to play a role in the development of the hair follicle, Queensland Institute of Medical Research scientists have discovered its role in curliness.
Professor Nick Martin, author of the research, said a variation in the gene determined the straightness or curliness of hair.
Developing A Straightening Pill
Since many hair consumers born with the curly genes spend some time in their life straightening their tresses, scientists want to provide a pill which eliminates the need for flat irons. The damage which hot irons can inflict on curly hair could become a thing of the past. Professor Martin said 'Potentially we can now develop new treatments to make hair curlier or straighter, rather than treating the hair directly.'
Not only do the scientists hope to develop a pill to make curly hair straighter, they want to be able to alter all types of hair from straight and curly to wavy, kinky, coily or similar.
Curly Hair And DNA
The invention of a pill to make curly hair straighter or straight hair curly will also make it possible to predict whether a baby will be born with straight or curly hair.
According to Professor Martin 'We might be able to refine identikit pictures, using DNA to say whether the suspect had straight or curly hair.'
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