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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
Sensory nerve cells in human skin play an important role in pigmentation

Sensory nerve cells in human skin play an important role in pigmentation

NRL fungal experiment to launch as part of NASA's scheduled Artemis I mission

NRL fungal experiment to launch as part of NASA's scheduled Artemis I mission

Study evaluates the tumor-modulatory effects of opsins on melanoma cancer

Study evaluates the tumor-modulatory effects of opsins on melanoma cancer

Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin.

Skin cancer is a risk no matter the skin tone. But it may be overlooked in people with dark skin.

Pulse oximeter inaccuracies may be associated with racial disparities in care

Pulse oximeter inaccuracies may be associated with racial disparities in care

Study sheds light on cell type-specific biomarkers of melanoma

Study sheds light on cell type-specific biomarkers of melanoma

Healthy Black and Hispanic adolescents found to have low vitamin D levels

Healthy Black and Hispanic adolescents found to have low vitamin D levels

Discovery may lead to new treatments to reduce inflammation in vitiligo disease

Discovery may lead to new treatments to reduce inflammation in vitiligo disease

Burt's Bees research demonstrates the efficacy of natural origin skincare regimens

Burt's Bees research demonstrates the efficacy of natural origin skincare regimens

Study reveals how skin tone may affect the accuracy of heart data in wearables

Study reveals how skin tone may affect the accuracy of heart data in wearables

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announces newest cohort of Fellows and Breakthrough Scientists

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announces newest cohort of Fellows and Breakthrough Scientists

First patient-derived stem cell model developed for studying oculocutaneous albinism

First patient-derived stem cell model developed for studying oculocutaneous albinism

International approaches to tackling food fraud

International approaches to tackling food fraud

Study: Black older Americans have much better hearing than their White counterparts

Study: Black older Americans have much better hearing than their White counterparts

Researchers uncover new genetic link to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

Researchers uncover new genetic link to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

New noninvasive technology may aid in real-time blood measurements

New noninvasive technology may aid in real-time blood measurements

A new approach to selectively turn on gene therapies in target cells

A new approach to selectively turn on gene therapies in target cells

Novel technique enables 3D visualization of cells containing melanin pigment

Novel technique enables 3D visualization of cells containing melanin pigment

Direct-to-consumer machine learning model incorrectly classifies rare, aggressive skin cancers

Direct-to-consumer machine learning model incorrectly classifies rare, aggressive skin cancers

Novel cold-tolerant bacterium produces a red bio-pigment with germ-killing properties

Novel cold-tolerant bacterium produces a red bio-pigment with germ-killing properties