Test Predicts Baldness in Men

Test Predicts Baldness in Men

WASHINGTON ~ A US biotech firm has announced a genetic test kit that predicts the likelihood of baldness in men and can be ordered over the internet.

Men interested in finding out if they are genetically predisposed to losing their hair before age 40 can order the kit online for US$149, take a swab sample from inside the mouth and send it to the lab, HairDX said in a statement.

The company then checks the DNA sample for a variation to the X-chromosome, which, with 95.1- to 98.1-percent accuracy, can predict androgenic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Once the test is complete, customers can retrieve the results via secure connection to the company’s website.

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