Genetics of Double Lashes

Ever wonder why Elizabeth Taylor had such compelling eyes? It turns out that she probably carried a mutation for doubled eyelashes, also known as distichiasis. [article]

The FOX (forkhead box) family of genes codes for a type of protein known as a transcription factor.  This type of protein turns on and off genes during development as well as during cellular replication. Some of the FOX genes are important for longevity (article on longevity genes and FOXO3A).

The FOXC2 gene turns genes on...


 

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