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Baldness Gene Discovered — 1 In 7 Men "At Risk"

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the see-wikipedia-on-caucasian_race dept.

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FiReaNGeL writes "Researchers conducted a genome-wide association study of 1,125 Caucasian men who had been assessed for male pattern baldness. They found two previously unknown genetic variants on chromosome 20 that substantially increased the risk of male pattern baldness. They then confirmed these findings in an additional 1,650 Caucasian men. 'If you have both the risk variants we discovered on chromosome 20 and the unrelated known variant on the X chromosome, your risk of becoming bald increases sevenfold. What's startling is that one in seven men have both of those risk variants.'" So maybe gene therapy will finally have a real purpose.

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cool (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347445)

i've got a hairy asshole

Re:cool (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347449)

Mom?

Obligatory: (3, Funny)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348151)

.... that's no moon!

Baldness gene (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347455)

I am one of those men who have both markers.

Thankfully, I know that by the time I'm bald, my wife's vagina will be so loose that I could substitute my little head for my big one.

oink (1)

pkbarbiedoll (851110) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347911)

Now all we need is gene therapy for Male Pig Syndrome.

Re:oink (0, Offtopic)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347993)

...don't forget about women who think that being a barbie doll [pravda.ru] is sexy.

Badness? (5, Funny)

the_arrow (171557) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347459)

I hope I'm not the only one misreading the title as "Badness gene found".

Re:Badness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347557)

I hope I'm not the only one misreading the title as "Badness gene found".

"Reach in that bag and get my wallet...

"NO! Not the one that says Bald Mother Fucker!!"

Re:Badness? (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347629)

I hope I'm not the only one misreading the title as "Badness gene found".

Nah, you read it right. It's like a chemical equivalent of the evil bit [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Badness? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347705)

Yeah, for a moment I even started to find it interesting that the badness gene was tied to hair loss.

Re:Badness? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348129)

I hope I'm not the only one misreading the title as "Badness gene found".

I wouldn't mind a little bad-ass gene therapy myself.

No! (2, Funny)

ksd1337 (1029386) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347471)

This is un-American! This is going to kill jobs, because wig makers will go out of business! Damn commie scientists!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Re:No! (2, Funny)

mfnickster (182520) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347639)

> This is un-American! This is going to kill jobs, because wig makers will go out of business!

Good riddance. Have you *seen* some of the atrocities that these guys have perpetrated on the heads of American men..?

Bankruptcy is too good for them!

Scalp'em (1, Funny)

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Reading your comment brings up images from an old comedy western where a tribesman raises his tomahawk while grabbing the hair of his adversary, the toupee comes off the guys head and the tribesman dances about in loud celebration holding the toupee up as a sign of his victory.

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Lets not forget Chromosome 21 (2, Insightful)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347483)

We could use some of that gene therapy on the 21st chromosome as well. In fact, I'd rather see work there. Though it wouldn't likely be as profitable...

Why on earth,,, (0, Redundant)

MaXMC (138127) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347491)

Can't they focus the research on something more important than baldness?

Re:Why on earth,,, (5, Funny)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347547)

Says the haired guy. Down with haired people! Rise my brethren and let our bald heads shine under the sun...

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

MaXMC (138127) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347585)

I was going to state that in my original post but I left it out.

I'm probably not in the risk zone for being completely bald but the risk is there, this based on my parents, uncles & grandfathers.

I still don't think it's such a big deal. If I had to choose between the cure for cancer being found earlier and having to go without hair for the rest of my life, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Re:Why on earth,,, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347709)

Just because a cure for cancer is desirable, it doesn't mean we should drop all other research in the meantime. We do have a good number of researchers, you know--the two cures aren't mutually exclusive.

Re:Why on earth,,, (4, Insightful)

Nyeerrmm (940927) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347719)

Of course, I'd argue that you're never sure where science is going to go, so pursuing different avenues is important, even if it seems a little less useful or even vain. In this case, I could foresee a situation where finding a solution to a rather simple problem, baldness, could help develop methods that would eventually be useful for dealing with cancer and Alzheimer's, which I can only imagine would be more complex to deal with. Also, you can't forget that its not like the entire community focuses on one topic at a time. Parallel research in separate but related areas tend to feedback off of each other; having too many people working on the same thing can at times only slow it down, since so much time is wasted either reinventing the wheel multiple times, or trying to keep things organized.

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

timothy (36799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347949)

"If I had to choose between the cure for cancer being found earlier and having to go without hair for the rest of my life, I'd do it in a heartbeat."

Yes, but which one would you choose? Which one would you choose?!

timothy

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

MaXMC (138127) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348025)

Oh I'm sorry...
If I had to choose between the cure for canceer being found earlier and having to go without hair for the rest of my life AND keeping my hair.
I'd choose to go without my hair.

Re:Why on earth,,, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347601)

more money in a "cure" to baldness than in all those yucky third world diseases. I mean: they can't even afford a second car...

Re:Why on earth,,, (4, Interesting)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347697)

Actually baldness is important. Yes most people see it from the shallow POV but being bald puts you at a higher risk of skin cancer. Sure you can always wear a hat but that's not always possible.

Also balding and testosterone levels are linked so this research could also effect that which has a greater impact on men's health so while it's very possible this came about out of shallowness in men the end result could mean much more.

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

pablodiazgutierrez (756813) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348165)

Usually these things work the other way around. As in "researchers looking for heart attack alleviation drugs stumble upon boner maker, make a killing selling blue pills".

Follow the money (3, Insightful)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347739)

Can't they focus the research on something more important than baldness?

Because baldness research and treatment is a multi-million (if not billion) dollar industry. It's sort of like asking "who would market Viagra?" that flashes the big *DUH* factor.

Face it. Anything sex related and superficial is a huge money maker. Investors would be retarded not to tap into these markets.

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347763)

They could.

And people could spend their money on more important things than luxury cars and big TVs.

People want them though and they want a cure for baldness.

Re:Why on earth,,, (1)

Ieatsyou (1383005) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348105)

Can't they focus the research on something more important than baldness?

How many beautiful scientists with a full head of hair have you seen?

hey taco! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347493)

I wish I could hate you bald.

1,125 Caucasian Men Studied.... (1)

KozmoKramer (1117173) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347501)

Bald and you can't dance. No Tang for you......

Re:1,125 Caucasian Men Studied.... (1)

gatkinso (15975) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347685)

Plenty of tang - if you have a large bulge in your pants.

It is far better if the bulge is made by a fat wallet, btw.

Re:1,125 Caucasian Men Studied.... (3, Funny)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348019)

+1 Appropriate sig.

Testosterone? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347517)

I don't see any mention of the "main" male hormone testosterone, in the article. From what I have read in the past, even if you are genetically predisposed to lose your hair, if you don't have enough testosterone, you won't.
 

missing the opportunity here... (3, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347565)

With a bald pate, you'd have a better platform to mount a black silicon solar cap to power your wireless cranial Internet connection. C'mon, geeks, see the possibilites here! When life hands you shit, make shit sandwiches!

The real question is... (1)

bcat24 (914105) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347917)

... Braincap or Braincop?

Re:missing the opportunity here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348063)

Bald and with your mouth full of shit you sure will get far in life, just look at Dick Cheney!

1 in 7 at risk? (3, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347567)

My understanding (and my observation, for that matter) is that roughly 50% of men end up going bald. So how is it news that 1 in 7 men have both of these traits?

BTW, here's a bonus hint to help you find those young guys that are already going bald - look for baseball caps being worn backward. Although a completely shaved head (on a white guy, anyway) is a dead giveaway as well, and gaining in popularity as an alternative to the baseball cap.

Re:1 in 7 at risk? (1)

Fred Ferrigno (122319) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347805)

My understanding (and my observation, for that matter) is that roughly 50% of men end up going bald.

I think that depends on what you mean by "going bald". Maybe that many men have some baldness, but for of them it seems to stop at a certain point. 1 in 7 for Jean-Luc Picard bald seems about right.

Re:1 in 7 at risk? (2, Interesting)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347889)

The deal is this:
1 in 7 males will start having significant hair loss in late teens/early twenties. 3 out 7 males will *eventually* go bald (either early or eventually assuming they make it to their 50's/60's.)

The point of this article is that
a) if you've got the baldness gene on the X chromosone, you're one of the 3 out 7 guys.
b) if you *also* have the 2 variants on chromosone 20 then you're in the 1 out 7 guys who's going to lose his early and severely.
c) if you don't have the baldness gene on the X chromosone and the 2 variants on chromosone 20, you're one of those 4 out 7 bastards who will have a full head of hair until they die (unless they shave it off of course out of sympathy for the rest of us who are follicle challenged.)

Re:1 in 7 at risk? (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347903)

BTW, here's a bonus hint to help you find those young guys that are already going bald - look for baseball caps being worn backward.

Lol... what?
[Citation Needed]

Millions of people wear backwards baseball hats for their own stupid reasons.
There's even a company [miboycaps.com] that has popped up which sells brimless baseball caps.

Re:1 in 7 at risk? (2, Interesting)

CoderBob (858156) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347935)

Your two dead giveaways fail in the area I live in. There are a lot of backwards baseball caps worn by young guys, and more than a few shaved heads, even on white guys. I shaved my head last winter so that I could wear a stocking cap and not have to deal with not being presentable after I took it off. Trying to decide on if a person is balding based on a style choice seems a little bit of a stretch.

Re:1 in 7 at risk? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348207)

1 in 7 suffer from the baldness gene. The rest suffer from marriage.

Is baldness a disease? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347579)

If it's not, then it's awfully discriminatory to try to 'fix' it. Isn't there a genetic cause for black skin too? How bad would the summary be if we replaced "male pattern baldness" with "black skin" or "homosexuality"? Why is it ok for baldness?

Re:Is baldness a disease? (2, Insightful)

Madjeurtam (101190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347625)

You are probably trolling, but I'll bite.

Of course baldness is a disease. A minor one at first sight, but it can lower people's self-esteem and cause severe psychological diseases, such as depression.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (2, Insightful)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347683)

You are probably trolling, but I'll bite.

Of course baldness is a disease. A minor one at first sight, but it can lower people's self-esteem and cause severe psychological diseases, such as depression.

Depression is not caused by baldness.

Especially in this day and age in which baldness (embraced baldness, not spooge-combover) is becoming associated in popular culture with power.

As someone with depression, i'll tell you that minor physical imperfections do not cause or contribute to this problem.

Depression is an emotional reaction to sweeping, systemic problems in our society.

Andromeda had it right: depression is a signal to a person to abandon a futile task. If, however, society as a whole represents futility, there's no alternative course of action, and you have to get your SOMA to make it go away.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

Madjeurtam (101190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347777)

I didn't take such a shortcut. Depression can be caused by lack of self-esteem. Of course some people with baldness can even take advantage of it, but as far as I know, a lot of bald people would rather have hair on their head (ask dermatologists who implant hair â" a very lucrative business â" or the low-cost alternative, wig makers).

AFAIK and IANAP (I Am Not A Psychologist), self-esteem problems are not related to objective standard AND are a source of depression.

Sorry if my original post took too many shortcuts.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

5865 (104259) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347793)

Baldness might not contribute to depression but it sure feels like shit.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347843)

Baldness might not contribute to depression but it sure feels like shit.

chronic pain feels like shit, baldness feels a bit drafty : P

Re:Is baldness a disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347839)

"Especially in this day and age in which baldness (embraced baldness, not spooge-combover) is becoming associated in popular culture with power."

Are you so stupid you can't see the difference between choice and no choice? I have no choice to lose my hair. I'd rather keep all of it, thank you very much. Fark you if you think that doesn't depress me a bit.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347897)

you don't understand what depression is if you equate being bummed when you're occasionally reminded you have no hair with clinical depression.

One is a minor inconvenience, the other is a debilitating condition which can bring peoples' lives to a grinding halt in the same way full body burn injuries or systemic cancer can.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

Madjeurtam (101190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347965)

One is a minor inconvenience, the other is a debilitating condition which can bring peoples' lives to a grinding halt in the same way full body burn injuries or systemic cancer can.

Exactly like self-esteem problems. My point.

It has _nothing_ to do with 'being bummed when you're occasionally reminded you have no hair'.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

mpoulton (689851) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348109)

Depression is not caused by baldness.

As someone with depression, i'll tell you that minor physical imperfections do not cause or contribute to this problem.

They don't cause it, but can definitely contribute to it. Just because your depression is not aggravated by perceived unattractiveness does not mean that no one else's depression is either. It's a significant factor for some.

Depression is an emotional reaction to sweeping, systemic problems in our society.

Andromeda had it right: depression is a signal to a person to abandon a futile task. If, however, society as a whole represents futility, there's no alternative course of action, and you have to get your SOMA to make it go away.

This is clearly not right. You perceive your depression as being caused by an ongoing existential crisis, but that cannot be the true cause. If depression were the inevitable result of recognizing the futility of life, then many of us would be perpetually depressed. Many others agree with your philosophy but do not share your reaction to it. We find happiness within the futility and dysfunction.

Depression is biochemical. Period. I've been there, and I know many others who have as well. There is no reasonable external explanation or identifiable cause for depression, because it really is all in your head. It's a brain malfunction. Fortunately, unlike many other brain malfunctions (like schizophrenia), depression is somewhat controllable by the patient since emotions are partially voluntary. Learn to manipulate it, and you can make yourself depression-proof.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (5, Insightful)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348113)

As someone with depression, i'll tell you that minor physical imperfections do not cause or contribute to this problem.

Depression is an emotional reaction to sweeping, systemic problems in our society.

Have you also been diagnosed with egotism?

You've literally written off the entire spectrum of depressions in favor of your own limited definition.

Does losing a spouse/pet/job qualify as "an emotional reaction to sweeping, systemic problems in our society"? Because people get clinically depressed for those and millions of other much more trivial reasons. I could list another 50 examples, but I'm not sure it would change your self-centered world view.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

xZgf6xHx2uhoAj9D (1160707) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347795)

Everything you said applies equally well to being black or gay.

Not quite... (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347871)

Not many people change color with age.

Those that do are real weirdos - look at MJ.

Being gay is a bit closer. Some people just don't care but for most there's a phase of acceptance and some spend their whole lives fighting it (and making themselves very unhappy in the process).

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347817)

Of course baldness is a disease. A minor one at first sight, but it can lower people's self-esteem and cause severe psychological diseases, such as depression.

Yeah, a disease... like life. Maybe we should cure that, too. But ugliness disease first, though.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347831)

It is NOT a disease, when we alpha males age, we get to display our immense brain receptacles to inferior beings like you. The weak samurai had to shave their heads to appear to be as fierce as their naturally bald counterparts.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347979)

Of course baldness is a disease.

You sound like a doctor; quick to label. The "of course" part is presumptuous of course. People must first admit that the concept of disease is a social meme. Understanding the problem can often negate the need for a cure.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348007)

Oh don't talk such shite. Being ugly could lower one's self esteem and cause depression - is ugliness a disease?

Disease could cause baldness (probably, maybe?). At worst it's a symptom.

I'm sure there will be a "cure" for sale soon.

Disclaimer: I am bald and shave my head because it's less hassle than having to deal with awkward length hair and cheaper than paying a barber every other week.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348059)

Of course a small penis is a disease. A minor one at first sight, but it can lower people's self-esteem and cause severe psychological diseases, such as depression.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (4, Insightful)

camcorder (759720) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348071)

Of course baldness is a disease. A minor one at first sight, but it can lower people's self-esteem and cause severe psychological diseases, such as depression.

Not true. It does increase my self-esteem, knowing that my baldness is due to high testosterone. And I believe that bald people are more active in sex than others. Anyone losing their self-esteem due to baldness, just realize that you are more 'male' than non-bald others and cheer up.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

thrillseeker (518224) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347645)

If I wanted to take a pill to cure my baldness ... or change my skin color ... why is that a problem for you?

Re:Is baldness a disease? (2, Interesting)

Johnny Loves Linux (1147635) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347997)

Baldness is not a disease. It's a physical trait that distinguishes some males from others. You can find baldness in pretty much any ethnic group. The big question to ask is: Does being bald help you get some sex, or does it hurt your chances? If it hurt, you would expect it to die out as most women would turn down a bald guy *if* being bald was a turn off. If it helped excessively, then the (vast) majority of men would have the baldness gene. If it neither helped nor hindered a guy's chance to get sex then you would expect the percentage of baldness to be stable. Anyone got statistics on the percentage of men who were bald for say the past 2 centuries?

Re:Is baldness a disease? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348119)

Historically most parents have been young, before the baldness gene would have an effect. Evolution is without pity and doesn't care whether you have a fulfilling life after any children you may have survive to become self-sufficient.

Re:Is baldness a disease? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348177)

If it's not, then it's awfully discriminatory to try to 'fix' it. Isn't there a genetic cause for black skin too? How bad would the summary be if we replaced "male pattern baldness" with "black skin" or "homosexuality"? Why is it ok for baldness?

Maybe "fix" is too strong a word, but I wouldn't mind being able to change the color of my skin on a whim and I might even go gay and get a chest-wax if it would be enough to motivate me to go the gym more. With my luck, I would probably just end up a bear though, which wouldn't really improve the situation.

So? (2, Insightful)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347621)

About 20 years ago, I could see that I was going to go bald like my dad did, and I decided to just live with it. No drugs, plugs, or rugs.

-jcr

Re:So? (2, Insightful)

Eudial (590661) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347717)

About 20 years ago, I could see that I was going to go bald like my dad did, and I decided to just live with it. No drugs, plugs, or rugs.

-jcr

That really is the only dignified way to go. Nothing spells out the word pathetic as clearly as trying to conceal your baldness with a toupee or a comb over.

I cut mine real short (and sometimes dye it white) (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347765)

Works for me, and it's a real cheap haircut.

Re:I cut mine real short (and sometimes dye it whi (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347811)

It's the only way. A lot of balding celebrities are considered sexy. Absolutely all of them have extremely short hair.

The Captain Picard look (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347885)

That's what I'm going for....

Re:I cut mine real short (and sometimes dye it whi (1)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348181)

A lot of balding celebrities are considered sexy.

Good point and one a lot of balding guys fail to realize. If you don't look good or can't pick up girls bald more than likely you won't be able to with hair either. 'Sexy' has nothing to do with the hair on your head.

Re:So? (1)

jcr (53032) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348043)

Amen. It's like an adolescent trying to grow a mustache.

-jcr

Re:So? (1)

nogginthenog (582552) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347759)

Apparently the baldness gene is inherited from your mother, so don't blame your dad but rather your grandfather (on your mothers side).

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347905)

Apparently the baldness gene is inherited from your mother, so don't blame your dad but rather your grandfather (on your mothers side).

Did you RTFA? It's about the discovery of new "baldness genes." They are on chromosome 20, not on X or Y, so you can inherit them from either parent.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347781)

Well, given the snake oil that is out there now one can hardly blame you for avoiding it 20 years ago!

I'm moving quickly from balding to bald and I"m just living with it, too. I'm not particularly vain. I don't really care if I'm bald. It's never bothered me.

However, given a 100% safe and effective option to grow hair, I'd probably take it.

Re:So? (1)

EastCoastSurfer (310758) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348169)

About 20 years ago, I could see that I was going to go bald like my dad did, and I decided to just live with it. No drugs, plugs, or rugs.

I agree! My dad was one of the 1:7 who was clearly going bald in his late teens, early 20s. I've ended up being one of the 3:7 who have some hair loss at 31, but it's not something you notice when you see me (and I keep my hair fairly short already). I just can never grow the really long hair again that I had when I was in HS and college, which is something I wouldn't do anyways.

When the day comes that I'm noticeably balding, I'll shave my head. I never even realized baldness was that big of deal until I started seeing those sunday morning infomercials.

Now, if they could find the gene to stop the hair from growing on the back of my neck and other random places I'd be all for that! lol

Women are listening (5, Funny)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347723)

First they find the monogomy gene and then they find the baldness gene. How much longer before women insist on genetic pre-screening before they put out?

We care? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347791)

And they found the premature ejaculation gene.

Such important stuff! And people were complaining about pink ribbons a little while back, about how research is so female oriented...yeah.

Re:Women are listening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347849)

Women have always done genetic screening on men. That's why they look for men who are tall, with hair, and aggressive enough to pursue them though mixed signals; that's about all they could do without a lab.

Re:Women are listening (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348133)

You wana date? Here, pee in this cup and swab this q-tip in your mouth. You don't want to? Oh! look! that other guy is looking at me. talk with you latter....

Stop this madness (3, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347731)

we all know what will happen [imdb.com] if we let our scientists focus on hair-loss

Better things to worry about (2, Funny)

Excelcia (906188) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347747)

Sure, all research is good, but really - who as a kid thinks "I want to cure baldness"? Really, aren't there more pressing areas for research money?

Can we finally put all the conmen out of business? (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347755)

All those cures for baldness...will we finally be rid of their purveyors? Good riddance to bad rubbish.

as my barber always said (5, Funny)

laoudji (1383755) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347815)

God only made so many beautiful heads; the others he covered with hair.

baldness gene discovered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347825)

Scientists are testing an additional hypothesis that the same gene might expose men to greater risk of having a long career in Wall Street finance.

If the newer hypothesis is found to be valid, it could be a stronger and more socially acceptable impetus for development of a laboratory tests to help women to decide whether to proceed with their pregnancies.

Death (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25347833)

What about the co-relation between baldness and suicide?

Medical science (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347865)

Whatever treatment they come up with, will probably end up doing a better job treating yeast infection.

All pure rubbish... (1)

Muros (1167213) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347869)

Everyone knows baldness is caused by your heading banging on the headboard during sex. I've been trying hard to work on a shiny patch on top of my head, but I seem to be in the wrong company here for that.

RE: baldness (2, Funny)

steelscalp (1383757) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347877)

It's not a defect, it's a feature!

Whoever tagged this article "humor" (1)

h4x354x0r (1367733) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347891)

should be shot. With all the baldness genes. Then we'll laugh too.

No risk here (0, Redundant)

kilodelta (843627) | more than 5 years ago | (#25347955)

My Italian ancestry pretty much overrides any chance of baldness. I'm serious - plus if I look at my family the only balding coot was my maternal-maternal-great grandfather. Everyone else went into the grave with a full head of hair.

Re:No risk here (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348187)

Both my grandfathers were bald. My father isn't and I am almost. I still do not see it as a risk that needs to be alterd in such a way that it doesn't happen anymore.

Tweak it a little and make good use of it? (1)

yogibaer (757010) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348051)

So the hair in my nose and ears starts falling out? I would pay for that gene therapy. Or how about a replacement for this endless bikini waxing sessions. Genes, the final frontier...

I am almost bald (3, Insightful)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348053)

and I say it is a waste of money. I d not care that I am bald. I do not care if others are bald. I used to have a lot of hair. Now I don't. Started pretty you to get a higher and higher implant. I would not care if I would loose the rest or if it stays like I have it now. It only becomes an issue if you make it an issue.

To me people who are doing comb overs, buy wigs, hairtonic, have implants and what not because they are bald are wasting their time and money. People doing studies on it should be trying to figure out not how to get hair back, but how to let people accept that they and others are bald. That would be like having a cure, instead of taking away the symptoms.

(Obviously if you have a bad scars and such, this might be somewhat different, but I am talking about standard baldness)

I have the cure for male pattern baldness (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348055)

Its called ESS-TROOO-GENNN vs TESS-TOST-O-RONE!. Estrogen is why women don't go bald. Testosterone poisoning causes male pattern baldness. All of you men are DOOMED! Us of the female kind have to worry about looking at your bald head. I'm not sure which is worse.

WARNING 1-7 Slashdot Articles may be Pointless (1)

lindoran (1190189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348095)

All I have to say is "REALLY?"

Thank you.

L.

Shave your heads. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25348103)

Just accept it and join me. Cleaner, cheaper, and manly.

Very Important Research Topic (1)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348115)

"So maybe gene therapy will finally have a real purpose."

If you take a look at advertising, sales and profit margins, as well as how fast a drug can go from one prescribed use, through clinical testing to an entirely different use which used to be a side effect, and then on to over-the-counter sales (higher profit margins, due to no insurance discounts), you can only come to one conclusion: the most important pharmaceutical developments are directed towards boners and baldness.

And people say women are vain.....

Guys, sometimes its nutrition (1, Interesting)

linzeal (197905) | more than 5 years ago | (#25348153)

I myself have eaten pretty poorly at times in my life, and that seems to be when my hair line begins to retreat the most prominently. The worst was when I weighed the least, and at 6'3" 165 lbs trying to be a vegan for the gf my hair line crawled back almost a full inch in 6 months, along with my first job; graveyard sysadmin and a few rough times in my life I have seen my hair come and go like the rest of you. The one thing that I can recommend eating 3-4 times a week is an egg, I like mine mixed with frozen veggies curry and some hot sauce. You know the old wives tail about giving dogs a 'shiny coat', well imho it works for human folk as well. Some people that think they are eating healthy aren't and some people don't realize how unhealthy the processed crap they are eating really is. Hey, I eat a hamburger or two a week from fast food places too (usually Burgerville), but that is a 'hamburger with double mustard' not the 1/4lb one with cheese, avocado and chili. I am glad for some of you that this economic downturn is letting you take a new look at life and getting realistic about the crap you put in your body, how that affects your well being and you will be surprised how much easier it is to be happier with it.
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