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Hair Loss: Genetics

  1. Alan Irvine

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0006103



How to Cite

Irvine, A. 2006. Hair Loss: Genetics. eLS. .

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  1. Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, Ireland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006


Hair formation is a complex molecular process, and abnormal hair is a feature of many genetic disorders. There is increasing understanding of the molecular basis of several single-gene disorders with hair loss, although the genetic basis for the commonest forms of hair loss is not well understood.


  • skin disorder;
  • genodermatoses;
  • epidermis;
  • dermis;
  • dermatology