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This chapter surveys the evidence for prosthetic hair (wigs and hair pieces) in classical antiquity. It discusses the different ways in which hair might be lost (natural ageing process, ill health, voluntary and involuntary body modification), and how individuals dealt with their resulting impairments and disabilities. It concludes that prosthetic hair is the most widely attested and evidenced type of ancient prosthesis, in both the ancient literature and the archaeological record.
The abnormal animal that introduces this chapter is a fly with no bristles. It turns out that flies "know" where to make bristles based on a GPS system of area codes in their genome. Humans probably have one too, but no one has located it yet. The chapter discusses the evolution of nakedness in humans and the genetics of why.
This chapter is concerned with the idea that the elegiac grotesque is rooted in the character of the puella herself and may manifest itself as a consequence of her role in the genre. The repeated use of cosmetics in order to enhance her erotic appeal may cause her to lose her hair and hence her beauty, forcing her to studiously cover up her ugliness. Sex may also result in an unwanted pregnancy, forcing her to have an abortion in order to remain in the elegiac world. Pregnancy and loss of beauty are both anti-elegiac motifs, though they are always potentially present in the very conception of the puella. Elegiac love can cause the puella to cross the boundaries of elegy and to have recourse to anti-elegiac measures in order to re-enter her role in the genre. This is particularly evident in the abortion poems. There the grotesque enters deeply into the elegiac genre, since it is used to restore the condition that can make elegiac love possible again; though it does not become the main point of the elegy, it represents a destabilizing nucleus in its narrative core.
This note reflects on my collaborations with Nick Martin and the GenEpi group over the past 20 years. Over the past two decades, our work together has focused on gene mapping and understanding the genetic architecture of a wide range of traits with particular foci on migraine and common baldness. Our migraine research has included latent class and twin analyses cumulating in genome-wide association analyses which had identified 44 (34 new) risk variants for migraine. Leveraging these results through polygenic risk score analyses identified subgroups of patients likely to respond to triptans (an acute migraine drug), providing the first step toward precision medicine in migraine [Kogelman et al. (2019) Neurology Genetics, 5, e364].
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