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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
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

Skin pigmentation mechanism confers major protection against UV-related cancers

Skin pigmentation mechanism confers major protection against UV-related cancers

Researchers trace gecko’s skin tumors to a gene implicated in deadly cancer

Researchers trace gecko’s skin tumors to a gene implicated in deadly cancer

Nanoscale coordination polymers show promise for efficient dopamine delivery in Parkinson's treatment

Nanoscale coordination polymers show promise for efficient dopamine delivery in Parkinson's treatment

Study shows how biases could be perpetuated by AI devices

Study shows how biases could be perpetuated by AI devices

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

Study indicates an amyloid link between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease

Research provides insights on why redheads exhibit altered sensitivity to pain

Research provides insights on why redheads exhibit altered sensitivity to pain

New system facilitates real-time imaging of biological, pathological processes

New system facilitates real-time imaging of biological, pathological processes

Researchers show how optoacoustics can be used for monitoring skin water content

Researchers show how optoacoustics can be used for monitoring skin water content

Could Vitamin D be an effective adjuvant to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic?

Could Vitamin D be an effective adjuvant to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic?

Black women find healing (but sometimes racism, too) in the outdoors

Black women find healing (but sometimes racism, too) in the outdoors

Skin cancer risk remains high in winter months for college students

Skin cancer risk remains high in winter months for college students