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Name: Katie L.
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Age: 14
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Date: May 2004


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Why can't albinos produce melanin from the amino acid tyrosine?



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There are different forms of albinism in humans. One of the most common reasons is because of the malfunction of color producing cells of the skin called melanocytes. In this case, the gene for the enzyme Tyrosinase is mutated and produces a non-functional enzyme so tyrosine cannot be used to help produce melanin.

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