Scientists may be able to delay gray hair with gene discovery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Researchers say they have uncovered the first gene responsible for gray hair in humans.

The research came out this week.

Hair graying is associated with aging. Scientists believe it happens when the body stops producing melanin, the pigment that gives hair, skin and eyes their color.

They looked at thousands of men and women from different countries with different skin tones.

The presence of this particular gene correlated with hair graying, especially for people with European ancestry.

They also found genes for curly hair, eyebrow thickness and monobrows.

Researchers say understanding the gene’s role could pave the way for delaying hair graying. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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