Researchers Discover Gene That Causes People To Have No Fingerprints – Oddy Central | Weird And Socking News

Fingerprints are the undeniable standard by which individual people can be identified. Even identical twins have distinct fingerprints, but not everyone in the world has fingerprints. There is a rare genetic mutation that causes only a handful of people around the world to be born without fingerprints. Now, geneticists have identified the gene that they believe causes this strange disorder.

The lack of fingerprints due to genetic mutation is called adermatoglyphia. So far, the members of five families in the world have been diagnosed with the condition. A team of researchers from Tel Aviv University (Israel) and University Hospital Basel (Switzerland) studied the genetic profile of three generations of one of these families. All of the people with the disorder had a mutation of the gene SMARCAD1.

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