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Just wondering - March 11th 2010, 12:28 PM

I dunno if this is the exact forum for this but since it deals with puberty I guess so.

I've been wondering for awhile where baldness comes from. I'm not going bald or anything, I'm 17 and have a full head of hair but however my dad started balding around my age. His dad has suffered hair loss as well. However I've heard the gene that depends on that comes from the mother's side (heard it from a hair stylist and a biologist) which in this case, my mom's dad has all of his hair and since my mom has no siblings, I look at my grandma's siblings who all had hair and even her dad did. So is it true that the baldness gene comes from the mother? Also, I keep thinking maybe my forehead is too high or something but I doubt it. I'm probably just concerned about nothing. How should I get my mind off of this.
   
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Re: Just wondering - March 11th 2010, 04:42 PM

I am not sure where the hair genes come from but You still have your hair ;] nothing to worry about.

And your Forhead? Im sure its perfectly fine.
   
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Re: Just wondering - March 11th 2010, 08:38 PM

If you are talking about male pattern baldness, which I'm pretty sure you are, it does come from the X chromosome (so your mother). Look at her father and other male siblings, if they have a full head of hair chances are your mother is not carrying the gene therefore it wouldn't be passed down to you. You can also check your mothers hair pattern. In females pattern baldness is expressed differently, if she has it her part (the section down the middle) will gradually start getting larger.

This happens because you are a guy. Therefore in order for you to be male, your father needs to pass you the Y chromosome which rarely carries genetic disorders. You get an X chromosome from your mother and lots of things likes this are carried on the X chromosome. Even if your mom is a carrier, you have a 1/2 chance of getting the X chromosome that has this gene. It's rather complicated but I'm sure you get the point.
   
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Re: Just wondering - March 12th 2010, 01:00 AM

Ah thank you guys! I just wanted to get that cleared up, because it had me nervous for a bit. Now I've got nothing to lose, literally
   
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Re: Just wondering - March 14th 2010, 04:22 PM

Ye the gene for male-pattern baldness comes from your mother's side, I regret not knowing anyone from that side of my family, I have no idea if i'm gonna go bald!


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Re: Just wondering - March 16th 2010, 12:01 AM

Did your dad deal with alot of stress when he was your age? If so, that could have contributed to the hair loss.
You still have your hair and no, it's not true that baldness always comes from your mother's genes, it could be either your dad or your mom. But you have your hair like I said, that's what matters, so don't stress over it or your hair will fall out from all that worrying! :P
   
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Re: Just wondering - March 16th 2010, 03:31 PM

Hmm okay, thanks again though.

Though, how do I get this whole thing off my mind? It's been bugging me for a while but I just need to get it off my mind. Any tricks?
   
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