Facial wrinkles are a sign of the inevitable truth: we all get older and our skin begins to lose our smoothness and elasticity. But some people can hang onto that youthful look for longer than others. While there are many different factors influencing the severity of your facial wrinkles, the trait is 55% heritable. But what causes this to happen?
In the largest genome-wide association study on facial wrinkles conducted so far, the investigators found a statistically significant locus that is associated with facial wrinkling. In addition to this signal, there were 25 other loci that were suggestively associated (but these were not strictly statistically significant). Furthermore, interestingly, even though differences have previously been found in facial wrinkling severity between genders, this study did not find any evidence that the effect of the gene locus differs depending on one's gender. Read the full study here for more details: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29555444
Find out on Genomelink now if you're more genetically susceptible to facial wrinkles or if Father Time is on your side!