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In humans, melanin is the primary determinant of skin color. It is also found in hair, the pigmented tissue underlying the iris of the eye, and the stria vascularis of the inner ear. In the brain, tissues with melanin include the medulla and zona reticularis of the adrenal gland, and pigment-bearing neurons within areas of the brainstem, such as the locus coeruleus and the substantia nigr
Impulsive eating could stem from certain regions of the brain

Impulsive eating could stem from certain regions of the brain

Specific brain circuit linked to food impulsivity discovered

Specific brain circuit linked to food impulsivity discovered

Newly developed cell models can open up new avenues for ocular drug discovery

Newly developed cell models can open up new avenues for ocular drug discovery

Some skin cancers originate in hair follicles, says new study

Some skin cancers originate in hair follicles, says new study

Some deadly skin cancers may originate in hair follicles

Some deadly skin cancers may originate in hair follicles

Some skin cancers may originate in hair follicles

Some skin cancers may originate in hair follicles

Tel Aviv researchers develop a nano-vaccine for the most aggressive skin cancer

Tel Aviv researchers develop a nano-vaccine for the most aggressive skin cancer

Montmorency tart cherry juice may help improve cognitive performance in older adults

Montmorency tart cherry juice may help improve cognitive performance in older adults

Review focuses on aging in ethnic skin

Review focuses on aging in ethnic skin

Wear protective clothing to reduce the risk of skin damage from sun's UV rays

Wear protective clothing to reduce the risk of skin damage from sun's UV rays

Study: Melanin-concentrating hormone neurons in hypothalamus increase REM sleep

Study: Melanin-concentrating hormone neurons in hypothalamus increase REM sleep

UAMS-developed noninvasive device detects melanoma in earliest stages

UAMS-developed noninvasive device detects melanoma in earliest stages

Study uncovers pigment cells that change their identity during normal development

Study uncovers pigment cells that change their identity during normal development

Low vitamin D associated with potentially harmful vaginal bacteria in pregnant black women

Low vitamin D associated with potentially harmful vaginal bacteria in pregnant black women

Researchers develop simple, quick technique for gene editing in rice blast fungus

Researchers develop simple, quick technique for gene editing in rice blast fungus

A member of light-sensitive protein family plays role in adjusting skin color

A member of light-sensitive protein family plays role in adjusting skin color

Scientists successfully create melanocyte precursor cells using stem cell technology

Scientists successfully create melanocyte precursor cells using stem cell technology

Skin-related stem cells could be used to regenerate vital part of the nervous system

Skin-related stem cells could be used to regenerate vital part of the nervous system

Newly developed melanin nanoparticles could slow tumor growth

Newly developed melanin nanoparticles could slow tumor growth

Scientific breakthrough could lead to safer bioelectronics

Scientific breakthrough could lead to safer bioelectronics