A golden clue to human skin colour variation


Muller, J. and Kelsh, R. N., 2006. A golden clue to human skin colour variation. Bioessays, 28 (6), pp. 578-582.

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Variations in human skin pigmentation are obvious, but how have skin colour differences evolved? Although clearly a polymorphic trait, the number and identity of key variants has remained unclear. Investigation of pigmentation phenotypes in model organisms provides a route to identify these genes and showed MC1R to be one key locus. Now, cloning of a classic zebrafish mutant, golden, identifies slc24a5 as a gene involved in fish skin pigmentation.((1)) Strikingly this study identifies the human orthologue, SLC24A5, as likely to make a major contribution to the pale skin colouration of Western Europeans.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsMuller, J.and Kelsh, R. N.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Biology & Biochemistry
ID Code3651


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