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firefly5 October 31st, 2014 10:08pm

Science Friday (3/3): Hypertrichosis (sometimes called werewolf syndrome) is characterized by excessive hair growth over the body. This condition may be either congenital (there since birth) or acquired.

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
11/01/14 8:33 pm

3/3. But I've always found genetic disorders, issues, etc interesting. It lets us know just how fragile the human body actually is at it's most basic elements.

mc88 Cleveland OSU
11/01/14 2:37 pm

Ah! Got me on this last one, 2/3. Nice series!

Oboette17 Senioritis
10/31/14 8:43 pm

I knew this existed, but I thought it was only congenital.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
10/31/14 6:58 pm

Bah! Complete guess. Went for genetic all the way. Acquired? Not a believer.

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firefly5 the verse
10/31/14 7:23 pm

Susan: confirm?

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
10/31/14 6:45 pm

2/3. Pretty much a coin flip for me - no prior knowledge of its being acquirable.

kougrakub
10/31/14 5:55 pm

I remember this on a CSI episode quite a while ago.

EarlyBird Portland
10/31/14 5:29 pm

Darn it! I missed this one but am glad to have learned from it. Good series, fire :)

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WildRice With a side of sass
10/31/14 4:32 pm

Lame. Totally got fooled by this one

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firefly5 the verse
10/31/14 3:30 pm

True.

This condition may be acquired after birth due to many reasons, including side effects of drugs and cancer. It can be general, covering large portions of the body, or localized, covering only specific regions.

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FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/31/14 3:31 pm

Darn! Got me with that one :)

firefly5 the verse
10/31/14 3:31 pm

With this condition looking so similar to the mythical werewolf, and the possibility to develop this condition later in life, this may have had some role in the birth of the werewolf legend.

susanr Colorado
10/31/14 6:35 pm

Pretty much exactly what I was going to say.

There was a character with the congenital form that figured in a mystery I read some years ago... wish I could remember the book.

Yoko318 Utah
11/01/14 5:57 am

Rats, I thought it was only congenital.

eLucidate writing
10/31/14 3:19 pm

It think it is only congenital.

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sojourner present
10/31/14 3:28 pm

That's my thought too. But maybe if someone with it bites you? ;-)