04 May '12, 6pm

Gene mutation explains dark-skinned blonds - Mother Nature Network

Gene mutation explains dark-skinned blonds - Mother Nature Network

A genome-wide analysis turned up a shockingly clear result, rare in the world of genetics where a single trait can be influenced by dozens or more genes. A gene called TYRP1, which resides on the ninth chromosome of human's 23 pairs of chromosomes, explained 46.4 percent of the variation in the islanders' hair color . (Chromosomes are coiled packets of DNA.) A mutation in this gene affects an enzyme known to be involved in human pigmentation, the researchers found.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/storie...

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