Genetics of family with no fingerprints


19 Responses to “Genetics of family with no fingerprints”

  1. jon_anon says:

    Man, imagine that: every time there’s a crime scene where no fingerprints can be found, you’re automatically the prime suspect!

  2. Matthew Urso says:

    no fingers prints and dont’ sweat as much???  SIGN ME UP!

  3. Brainspore says:

    Just another regular day for the Menninblach family.

  4. HenryPootel says:

    My left thumb is like that, but it was a tablesaw, not genetics…

  5. Sarah Neptune says:

    Fascinating! Another instance of something I took to be universal but come to find that a handful (heh, sorry) of folks differ!
    But calling it “immigration-delay disease”? Gimme a break.

  6. godfathersoul says:

    You know that none of them became bank robbers. Whatta waste! People pay a lot of money for that kinda thing!

  7. Why call this a disease, when it seems like a genetic variation/mutation… I don’t consider my rapid healing and adamantium claws to be a disease

    • scionofgrace says:

      Consider how often fingerprints are used now.  Where I live, teachers are fingerprinted if they’ve ever lived out of state, and I had to be fingerprinted for my job because I deal with financial data.  So yeah, it’s not a “disease” in that there’s restriction of movement, sensory impairment, etc, but it’s got to be a pain in the neck.

  8. AetherWeaver says:

    Even lacking fingerprints, those people can be identified.  It is very unlikely that the creases you can see in that picture are the same in any two people.  When they take fingerprints for law enforcement, they include much more than the tip of the finger anyway.  

    I’d bet one of the biggest inconveniences of the condition is reduced grip on slippery objects, like a water glass on a humid day.

    • Inception8 says:

      “I’d bet one of the biggest inconveniences of the condition is reduced
      grip on slippery objects, like a water glass on a humid day.”

      The same exact thing suddenly occurred to me. Everyone is focused on fingerprint with regards to identification and law enforcement.

      • Teirhan says:

        I was about to ask if you can really call it a disease if the only “downside” is the ability to commit crimes without fear of identification, and then i read this post. 

        and then i went back and read the article and learned these people also have trouble sweating.

        moral of the story: RTMFA. (directed at me, not you)

  9. rwmj says:

    It would be nice if this was an evolutionary advantage and it spread like wildfire through the rest of the population.  However I suspect the cumulative years spent explaining their condition to officialdom means it’s (sadly) a disadvantage.

  10. wss233 says:

    I don’t think I have this condition, but there’s something going on with my hands that prevents accurate fingerprints from being taken. While I do have faintly visible fingerprint lines, they are interrupted by deeper, vertical and horizontal channels–indentations or ‘fold lines’ on my fingertips that cut across the normal whorls. It’s almost like I’ve been in a bathtub too long, but all the time. Permanent prune fingers.   

    Since childhood the skin on my fingertips has peeled off periodically (maybe every year or so my fingertips shed like a snake for a couple of weeks). I’ve been to a dermatologist and used all sorts of creams but nothing really helps. I think the peeling must have something to do with my fingerprint problem. Almost like scarring or something, although the lines don’t quite look like scars.  It’s not a big deal, except on the rare occasion when I have had to submit fingerprints (I’m a teacher and had to get a background check once.). 

    Anyway- maybe there’s a dermatologist out there would could give me a hint. This doesn’t happen to anyone else in my family, btw so my first guess wouldn’t be genetic.

  11. nehpetsE says:

    Shopped. I can see teh Pixels.

  12. awjt says:

    They lie.  They all own belt sanders.

  13. Machinehead says:

    Genetic mutation is not the same as disease. Go read Canguilhem: The Normal and the Pathological.

  14. sigismund says:

    I can’t believe I’m the first to mention Seven, the movie.

  15. Peter Anton says:

    Sometimes, medical science makes me laugh.
    No disrespect intended to those afflicted. And kudos to these geneticists who are advancing actual knowledge of the condition.
    But even a slight understanding etymology can make the scene in a primary care physician’s or low level specialist’s office funny. Forgive the mangling, IANAE (E=etymologist)
    a- : as in “lacking,” or “without”
    -dermato- : as in relating to the skin
    -glyphia: the condition of patterns or symbols
    “Doctor, Doctor! I have no fingerprints!”
    “Ah yes… you are suffering from adermatoglyphia!”
    is just fancy speak for
    “Doctor Doctor! I have no fingerprints!”
    “Ah yes… you are suffering from having no fingerprints!”

  16. ben tripp says:

    I have a rare form o’ psoriasis that leaves me with no fingerprints for about eight months a year.  There are only two downsides to living print-free: first, things fly out of your hands very easily.  Fingerprints are an amazing adaptation for hanging on to things, other than by sheer main force.  Certain textures, such as the satin-finished plastic found on phones and remote controls, might as well be greased.
    Second, I was once asked by a person taking my fingerprints to ‘try harder’ when they wouldn’t come out.  You don’t want to have to explain to anybody in a position to take your fingerprints that you haven’t got any.  It’s kind of a red flag.

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