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The color of the human skin is due to a brown pigment called melanin. Pigmentation or coloration of the skin is dependent on the amount of melanin present in the skin. People with pale skin produce very little melanin and people with darker skin produce higher amounts of melanin. Pregnancy and sun exposure can also make skin darker, while infections, burns, and blisters can make skin lighter.
Mothers' vitamin D levels during pregnancy positively associated with their children's IQ

Mothers' vitamin D levels during pregnancy positively associated with their children's IQ

New insights into human genetics

New insights into human genetics

Low levels of vitamin D can increase susceptibility to COVID-19 infection

Low levels of vitamin D can increase susceptibility to COVID-19 infection

College athletes participating in indoor sports at risk of vitamin D deficiency

College athletes participating in indoor sports at risk of vitamin D deficiency

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

IU researcher identifies new genomic regions that increase skin cancer risk

Skin-lightening cream put a woman into a coma. It could happen again.

Skin-lightening cream put a woman into a coma. It could happen again.

UV radiation exposure: Sun protection is important as athletes have elevated skin cancer risk

UV radiation exposure: Sun protection is important as athletes have elevated skin cancer risk

Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in people at risk for melanoma, finds study

Genetic testing motivates behavior changes in people at risk for melanoma, finds study

Topical cream found to be effective in reversing the effects of vitiligo

Topical cream found to be effective in reversing the effects of vitiligo

UAMS-developed noninvasive device detects melanoma in earliest stages

UAMS-developed noninvasive device detects melanoma in earliest stages

A member of light-sensitive protein family plays role in adjusting skin color

A member of light-sensitive protein family plays role in adjusting skin color

Vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children, finds study

Vitamin D may be protective among asthmatic obese children, finds study

Tel Aviv University researchers uncover biological ultraviolet protection 'timer'

Tel Aviv University researchers uncover biological ultraviolet protection 'timer'

EMA grants orphan designation to selumetinib for treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1

EMA grants orphan designation to selumetinib for treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1

Regular sunscreen use protects young people from melanoma

Regular sunscreen use protects young people from melanoma

Urgent steps needed to tackle low vitamin D intakes in UK South-Asians

Urgent steps needed to tackle low vitamin D intakes in UK South-Asians

Genes that determine skin color studied - new revelations

Genes that determine skin color studied - new revelations

Researchers find mechanism that explains differences in skin’s responsiveness to heat, mechanical stimuli

Researchers find mechanism that explains differences in skin’s responsiveness to heat, mechanical stimuli

Skin transplant surgery has long-term benefit for restoring pigmentation caused by vitiligo

Skin transplant surgery has long-term benefit for restoring pigmentation caused by vitiligo

Gene editing technology shines light on rare dyskeratosis congenita

Gene editing technology shines light on rare dyskeratosis congenita