Scientists May Have Found
Cure for Excessive Hairiness
It’s a fact of the human condition that one is never satisfied with what nature gave him or her. Bald people miss terribly the days when their flocks would fly in the wind and the bathroom sink would clog up with their hair. Short, or rather, vertically-challenged citizens would love to add a few inches to their stature. And they often do, with the help of discreet high heels.
But you won’t hear a single complaint from Supatra “Nat” Sasuphan, a smiling 11-year old from Thailand, who has “hypertrichosis,” which causes excessive hairiness and is sometimes referred to as werewolf syndrome. And Mexico-born Larry Gomez, well, if he once disliked his own hairiness, he got over it and today makes a living out of it: he’s a circus performer in Venice Beach, California.
Both won mentions on the Guinness Book of Records for being the world’s hairiest girl and boy. Now they’re poised to make history again, sort of. Researchers have found that their condition may be caused by an extra chunk of genes on the X chromosome. The culprit may be a gene called SOX3, which is known to play a role in hair growth.
From finding the cause to a cure, it may be a long while, and the most that Supatra and Larry may expect is that they will be treated in time to prevent to pass their gene to their kids. Personally, they seem to both bask in the public attention, and even though their condition is rare, they’re not the only ones who have it.
Chances are, they’ll grow to live productive lives, which is great and should teach us a lot. Just between us, we sometimes doubt will be ever able to leave home with just the way we look in the mirror. Fortunately, most days we forget and go on and, well, forget it. Now, when we don’t, we can always think about Supatra and Larry, and their future progeny.
Ah, but if at least nature had given us their brand of optimism…