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Genetics

05 August 2011

Gene mutation leaves some without fingerprints

People with a rare condition where they are born without fingerprints may have a genetic mutation, according to a new study.

People with a rare condition where they are born without fingerprints may have a genetic mutation, according to a new study.

In investigating adermatoglyphia, which causes people to be born without fingerprints (dermatoglyphs, or ridges on the fingertips), and also affects the palms, toes and soles, researchers examined a large Swiss family affected by the extremely rare condition. Not only were they all born without fingerprints, they also lacked the usual number of sweat glands.

Gene mutation in the skin

 

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