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Why Does Hair Turn Gray? Scientists May Know


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Melanocytes make melanin which gives our hair its colour.

Special stem cells then add melanocytes to new follicles.

MITF protein helps melanocytes to function.

MITF also represses the expression of innate immune genes.

Suggest a connection between viral infection and hair graying.

The study was published in the PLOS Biology journal.

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Kaustubh Adhikari

Lecturer of Statistics at the Open University, formerly statistical geneticist at University College London.

Melissa Harris

Assistant Professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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PLOS Biology

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University College London (UCL)

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