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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
Melanomas mostly from from new spots rather than existing ones

Melanomas mostly from from new spots rather than existing ones

Manipulation of single gene defines new pathway to mood disorders

Manipulation of single gene defines new pathway to mood disorders

Study outlines key features linked to amelanotic melanoma

Study outlines key features linked to amelanotic melanoma

Breakthrough study opens door to design of whitening compounds for removing skin discolorations

Breakthrough study opens door to design of whitening compounds for removing skin discolorations

Researchers find molecule that darkens skin without UV exposure and may protect against skin cancer

Researchers find molecule that darkens skin without UV exposure and may protect against skin cancer

Melanoma could affect anyone regardless of skin color

Melanoma could affect anyone regardless of skin color

Photoacoustic imaging technique provides real-time view of small animal's internal functions

Photoacoustic imaging technique provides real-time view of small animal's internal functions

Study suggests ‘synergistic’ link between exercise and vitamin D for better heart health

Study suggests ‘synergistic’ link between exercise and vitamin D for better heart health

Dermatologist shares essential sun safety tips for children

Dermatologist shares essential sun safety tips for children

Researchers track in real-time how melanoma cells move to form tumors

Researchers track in real-time how melanoma cells move to form tumors

Study reveals link between tanning dependence and other addictive behaviors

Study reveals link between tanning dependence and other addictive behaviors

Research may offer brand-new tool for early diagnosis for lethal melanomas

Research may offer brand-new tool for early diagnosis for lethal melanomas

Study highlights urgent need for sunburn prevention among young adults with melanin-rich skin

Study highlights urgent need for sunburn prevention among young adults with melanin-rich skin

Dermatologist recommends monthly self-exams to catch melanoma early

Dermatologist recommends monthly self-exams to catch melanoma early

Researchers investigate influence of surrounding tissue on formation and growth of tumor cells

Researchers investigate influence of surrounding tissue on formation and growth of tumor cells

Japanese scientists capture live distribution of melanin inside the skin

Japanese scientists capture live distribution of melanin inside the skin

New, low-cost device measures early stages of infant malnutrition

New, low-cost device measures early stages of infant malnutrition

Could a light-listening photonics device detect skin disease? An interview with Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos

Could a light-listening photonics device detect skin disease? An interview with Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos

Researchers identify genetic causes underlying higher rate of melanoma in men

Researchers identify genetic causes underlying higher rate of melanoma in men

Researcher aims to make early detection of melanoma faster, cheaper without need for biopsy

Researcher aims to make early detection of melanoma faster, cheaper without need for biopsy