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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
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

CHEMOSAT treatment of UM patients with hepatic metastases highlighted at ASCO 2015

CHEMOSAT treatment of UM patients with hepatic metastases highlighted at ASCO 2015

New method offers quick spectral analysis of blood and melanin contents in skin sites

New method offers quick spectral analysis of blood and melanin contents in skin sites

ODIN project examines food-based solutions to prevent vitamin D deficiency

ODIN project examines food-based solutions to prevent vitamin D deficiency

Research finding could inspire new ideas for treating type 2 oculocutaneous albinism

Research finding could inspire new ideas for treating type 2 oculocutaneous albinism

Pre-clinical studies confirm TRXE-009 as new potential treatment for melanoma

Pre-clinical studies confirm TRXE-009 as new potential treatment for melanoma

Penn study has implications for developing new cell-based treatments for skin disease

Penn study has implications for developing new cell-based treatments for skin disease

New handheld probe can produce detailed images of blood vessels, other internal body parts

New handheld probe can produce detailed images of blood vessels, other internal body parts

Milk fermented with probiotic dairy starter can improve skin of young women

Milk fermented with probiotic dairy starter can improve skin of young women