Albinos and Melanin
Name: Katie L.
Date: May 2004
Why can't albinos produce melanin from the amino acid
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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