Discovering the Gene Responsible for Fingerprints Formation

Biomedical/Life Sciences

Prof. Eli Sprecher, Dr. Janna Nousbeck, Dr. Ofer Sarig
The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov)

While investigating a rare disease that causes people to be born without fingerprints and with poor sensation at their fingertips, the researchers found the gene responsible for the formation of fingerprints in humans. In addition to helping patients, this discovery has shed new light on other aspects of skin biology, since the newly found gene seems to regulate the development of numerous elements of the skin tissue.