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A large Canadian cohort provides insights into the genetic architecture of human hair colour

Feb 15, 2022 //

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Differences in hair and eye color (pigmentation) are principally determined by our genes rather than our environment. To determine the genetic variants that are associated with having blonde, red and brown hair, researchers selected a sample of 12,741 CanPath participants of European ancestry (including more than 700 participants from the OHS). People with European ancestors tend to have a high diversity of hair and eye colour. Researchers then conducted a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), the results of which shed light on how pigmentation is regulated in humans.

Read more about this project in the Montreal Gazette

Read the full article in Communications Biology