The "hairless" gene causes the permanent hair loss disease "generalized atrichia". From LearnThat.org. [http://www.keratin.com/aa/aa003.shtml]
Ten years ago researchers found that mutations in the HR gene are responsible for congenital atrichia, where hair is shed completely during the first year of life and never regrows. From Wordnik.com. Reference
Dr Zhang, whose findings are published online in Nature Genetics, has now shown a sequence immediately adjacent to HR encodes the chemical, and that mutations affecting its function are found in families with MUHH (Maria Unna hereditary hypotrichosis), a condition related to congenital atrichia. From Wordnik.com. Reference
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