NEWS: First Temperature-Sensitive Human Gene Mutation found?

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Tue Mar 06 2001 - 15:33:06 MST

Scientific American Reports that this month's Nature Genetics
documents a temperature sensitive mutation in the XPD gene.
Some mutation in the XPD gene cause trichothiodystrophy which
reveals itself as a decreased capacity for protein synthesis.
When patients with the specific mutation run a fever, their
protein synthesis of keratin decreases so much that their
hair all falls out.


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