'That Doesn't Sound So Terrible'

The late actress Elizabeth Taylor's lavish eyelashes were the result of a mutation at FOXC2.

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To point out- Elizabeth

To point out- Elizabeth Taylor was born in 1932, the gene was cloned in 1998...

You beat me to it...

You beat me to it...

Thanks for your comments.

Thanks for your comments. We've updated the post to clarify that the doctor did not know what genetic mutation was involved -- that that came later.

Not all cases of distichiasis

Not all cases of distichiasis are due to FOXC2 mutations, so don't jump to conclusions.

One wonders if Elizabeth

One wonders if Elizabeth Taylor's parents had amniocentesis and genome-wide sequencing performed when she was just a tiny fetus and they learned that she had a genetic mutation that could cause disorders of her lymphatic system or vision problems, would they have elected to have the pregnancy terminated?

A very ambiguous remark?

A very ambiguous remark?

I've never seen those purple

I've never seen those purple eyes, nor in photos or movies. They're looking closed to a deep blue. So much for that purple color. The eyelashes were very visible, indeed. I've always thought that there is a makeup effect. One interesting point has been mentioned by S. Pelech here in bijuterii argint comments. Today, amniocentesis is used for fetus engineering with the agreement of parents. There are presented some risk percents and just based on that data doctors are advising parent to make an abortion if percents are too high. I think this is not right, those percents in amniocentesis results mean nothing at all.