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.