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  • Melanin Pigment Formation And Albinism
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    Physical anthropologists view humans as biological organisms. Coupled with genetics and biochemistry, scientists can form a more complete picture of human anatomy, both past and present. Physical anthropology looks at human variation and evolution. Variation looks at the biological differences that exist between individuals within a population and at individuals between populations (e. g., body shape, size, and physiological responses). These differences in human biology are measured using a tec...
  • Normal Gene And One Albinism Gene
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    Page: 1 Albinism is a very serious disease that could end up in death. Albinism is a recessive inherited defect in melanin, which is metabolism in which pigment is absent from skin, hair, and eyes. Albinism in hair, skin, and eyes is called oculocutaneous albinism. Humans that have oculocotaneous albinism are not able to produce melanin. These people have white, yellow, or yellow brown hair, very light (usually blue) eyes, and very pale skin. Their eyes may appear pink because they have very lit...
  • Eye Conditions Common In Albinism
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    Albinism ALBINISM Albinism. The word albinism refers to a group of inherited conditions. People with albinism have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin, or hair. Recently a test has been developed to identify carriers of the gene for ty-neg albinism and for other types in which the tyrosinase enzyme does not function. The test uses a sample of blood to identify the gene for the tyrosinase enzymes by its code in DNA. The above test does not apply to to one type of albinism, called X-linked oc...
  • Recessive Gene For Ocular Albinism
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    In the past, Albinism Albinism In the past, albinos were usually treated with fear or awe. They were sometimes killed at birth. Albino births were common enough in some groups not to cause any excitement. For example, among the San Blas Indians of Panama, one in approximately 130 births is an albino. In the mid-nineteenth century, albinos were exhibited in sideshows. Whole families were displayed at times and were described as a unique race of might people. They were said to live underground and...
  • Genetic Disease Albinism
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    For my research project I have chosen? the genetic disease albinism. There are a few reasons why I chose albinism as my topic. First and foremost, in kindergarten I had a friend who was an albino, and although I have not seen him in over 10 years I am still curious as to what the causes of albinism are. Back then, my mother explained it to me by saying, ? that's just the way his skin is? which is a fine way to explain it to a five year old, but now I find myself wanting to know more. Another rea...

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