A new study has revealed a genetic mutation that leads to people born without fingerprints. This rare mutation is called “adermatoglyphia.” The study identified four families with members lacking fingerprints. The mutation is also called “immigration-delay disease,” because a lack of fingerprints makes it extremely difficult to cross from one country to another.
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