Researchers have identified a mutation as a possible underlying cause of the condition known as adermatoglyphia or an absence of fingerprints.

Eli Sprecher and his colleagues at Tel Aviv University, Israel, studied three generations of a family with adermatoglyphia, resulting in the unveiling of a mutation in the gene SMARCAD1. Sprecher highlights the relevance of such a finding, as “without this family, we simply would not know what SMARCAD1 is,” he says; maintaining that studying the proteins generated by such new genes “may lead to the development of treatments for more common conditions”. (x)