Tag: hair color

New Study on Genetics of Common Type of Skin Cancer

With summer upon us many are hitting the beach or pool and taking in some rays. Of course we're also slathering on sunscreen, since with sun exposure comes risk for skin cancer. In the largest-to-date study of the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma,  researchers at Stanford University ...

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Unibrows And The Study of Human Variation

Frida Kahlo accented her unibrow, while the late Soviet leader Leonard Brezhnev presumably didn’t care about his, and neither of them knew anything about the genetics behind what gave them their distinctive bushy brows. A new study by researchers at the University College London identified some of the ...

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Blonde on Blonder

Scientists haven’t agreed on whether blondes indeed have more fun, but at least there is some consensus on what makes their hair blond. 23andMe scientists looking at the biology behind hair color found three genetic variants already known to be strongly associated with having golden locks among 23andMe ...

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No, I’m Not Irish

So where did that red hair come from? by Kasia Bryc, 23andMe Population Geneticist Most people who see my unruly wild red hair often assume I must be Irish. I’m not. As a first generation immigrant from Poland, I don’t have any ancestors from Ireland. Yes, really, just take a look at my 23andMe ...

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