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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
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

Obese individuals may be more sensitive to overeating when presented with food cues

Obese individuals may be more sensitive to overeating when presented with food cues

Gene dysregulation makes immune therapies less effective against metastatic melanoma

Gene dysregulation makes immune therapies less effective against metastatic melanoma

Researchers prove existence of olfactory receptor in pigment-producing skin cells

Researchers prove existence of olfactory receptor in pigment-producing skin cells

Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Researchers develop new drugs for melanoma

Study finds that TPC2 protein regulates melanin production

Study finds that TPC2 protein regulates melanin production

Derivatives of female sex hormones can influence natural melanin production, study suggests

Derivatives of female sex hormones can influence natural melanin production, study suggests

Study shows association between traffic-related air pollution and dark spots on the skin

Study shows association between traffic-related air pollution and dark spots on the skin

SunSense UK’s nationwide tour highlights the dangers of intentional tanning

SunSense UK’s nationwide tour highlights the dangers of intentional tanning

Penn researchers identify major genetic factor that keeps moles in non-cancerous, no-growth state

Penn researchers identify major genetic factor that keeps moles in non-cancerous, no-growth state

Afamelanotide treatment improves quality of life in people with erythropoietic protoporphyria

Afamelanotide treatment improves quality of life in people with erythropoietic protoporphyria