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Health & Fit Uncombable Hair Syndrome Is a Real—and Very Rare—Genetic Condition

21:25  16 june  2018
21:25  16 june  2018 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Uncombable hair syndrome , also known as spun glass hair syndrome , is a rare condition caused by a genetic mutation that affects the formation and shape of hair shafts, BuzzFeed reports. People with the condition tend to have dry, unruly hair that can't be combed flat. It grows slower than normal

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Uncombable hair syndrome, also known as spun glass hair syndrome, is a rare condition caused by a genetic mutation that affects the formation and shape of hair shafts, BuzzFeed reports. People with the condition tend to have dry, unruly hair that can't be combed flat. It grows slower than normal and is typically silver, blond, or straw-colored. For some people, the symptoms disappear with age.

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Taylor has a rare condition called uncombable hair syndrome that 's been documented in only about 100 people worldwide, although it may be more common than previously thought. The condition is the result of inheriting two copies of a gene mutation — one from each parent — that changes the shape

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Although there have been only about 100 documented cases worldwide, one of the world's leading researchers on the condition, Regina Betz, of Germany's University of Bonn, believes there could be thousands of others who have it but have not been diagnosed. Some have speculated that Einstein had the condition, but without a genetic test, it's impossible to know for sure.

An 18-month-old American girl named Taylor McGowan is one of the few people with this syndrome. Her parents sent blood samples to Betz to see if they were carriers of the gene mutation, and the results came back positive for variations of PADI3, one of three genes responsible for the syndrome. According to IFL Science, the condition is recessive, meaning that it "only presents when individuals receive mutant gene copies from both parents." Hence it's so uncommon.

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Uncombable hair syndrome is a rare structural anomaly of the hair with a variable degree of effect. It was first reported in the early 20th century. It typically becomes apparent between the ages of 3 months and 12 years. The hair is normal in quantity and is usually silvery-blond or straw-colored.

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Taylor's parents have embraced their daughter's unique 'do, creating a Facebook page called Baby Einstein 2.0 to share Taylor's story and educate others about the condition.

"It's what makes her look ever so special, just like Albert Einstein," Taylor's mom, Cara, says in a video uploaded to YouTube by SWNS TV. "We wanted to share her story with the world in hopes of spreading awareness." 

[h/t BuzzFeed]


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