A strong association between human earwax-type and apocrine colostrum secretion from the mammary gland
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- Miura, K., Yoshiura, K., Miura, S. et al. Hum Genet (2007) 121: 631. doi:10.1007/s00439-007-0356-9
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Here we provided the first genetic evidence for an association between the degree of apocrine colostrum secretion and human earwax type. Genotyping at the earwax-type locus, rs17822931 within the ABCC11 gene, revealed that 155 of 225 Japanese women were dry-type and 70 wet-type. Frequency of women without colostrum among dry-type women was significantly higher than that among wet-type women (P < 0.0002), and the measurable colostrum volume in dry-type women was significantly smaller than in wet-type women (P = 0.0341).