Chinese Scientists May Have Identified “Werewolf” / Hypertrichosis Gene

A. Quinton — May. 22nd 2009

According to The Register, scientists at the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing may have discovered the gene responsible for hypertrichosis, or the “werewolf disorder”. Over the course of four years, geneticist Xue Zhang and his team scanned the DNA of over two dozen people who have congenital generalized hypertrichosis terminalis (CGHT). Zhang’s team discovered that each of the subjects share a mutation near the SOX9 gene, which controls hair growth. Further research is required to discover whether this is a coincidence or if there’s an actual connection, but it’s an interesting bit of news nevertheless.

  • lokis

    Why scientists waste time on such silly researches?
    I’ve found that Fangs and Fur was an excellent explanation of the werewolf myth.
    The change is in one’s mind. We shouldn’t care of the exterior marks, instead keep digging into the souls!

  • You’re right, Lokis! Why waste time on that silly old medical research? Who needs to know about “science” and “medicine” when we could be watching a documentary about the link between werewolves and serial killers instead?

    OH WAIT. The two aren’t related at all. Michele Cogliati needs to slap some sense into you.