Balding have long been accepted as a hereditary condition.
Researchers from Bonn University Clinic and others have found out the variety of gene that is responsible for this condition.
Scientists have narrowed down this genetic variance to the gene for androgen receptor. One particular variety of this gene had been found more often in men who lose hair at a very early stage in life than in men who still sport a head full of hair at sixty.
The gene for androgen receptor lies in the inherited X chromosomes of the men, and the X chromosomes always comes from the mothers. The androgen receptor gene then may raise the androgen level of the person by forming more androgen receptors or by nature being a particular kind that is of more stable variety and does not break down easily. It is the heightened levels of androgen that causes the premature hair loss.
Scientists have also reported that they are not ruling out the role of other genes in premature balding that may have not much to do with the gender of the parent and may be inherited from either one. They will be conducting more research to confirm their hypotheses.