Is There a Baldness Gene Related to Hair Loss?

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Millions of Americans have some degree of hair loss, or balding. As the science of gene mapping progresses, researchers continue to discover new genes related to baldness as they pursue treatment methods for the condition. More than 80% of cases of baldness are thought to be genetic and inherited from a parent. But, there are actually several different types of baldness, and each type is related to other genes.