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Solving the Mystery of Uncombable Hair

Scientists are looking at the genetic profiles of families with a history of a rare syndrome that affects follicle structure.
Source: Stringer / Reuters

Illustrator Eva Lebens’s two daughters always had unusual hair. In a cartoon she drew about their hair, she showed strangers asking if they could touch it and asking whether it was styled. It was blonde and stiff and frizzy, standing up of its own accord like a mane, and it grew extremely slowly. She got something of an explanation when a dermatologist explained the girls had something called uncombable hair syndrome. They were perfectly healthy; they just

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