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  • n. A brown pigment produced by melanocytes


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  • Melanin comes in TWO delicious flavours: eumelanin, which is dark brown or black, and pheomelanin, which is reddish yellow.

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  • A certain type of plumage coloring, pheomelanin which is a reddish color requires the use of a chemical called glutathione.

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  • You can tell just by looking at your friend that she has high levels of pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the pigment eumelanin.

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  • Thge varied colors of the iris are a result of the amounts of eumelanin ansd pheomelanin produced by the melanocytes.

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  • The achievement of color for blondes and red-head is made possible by pheomelanin. New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • High concentration of eumelanin leads to a dark appearance, whereas pheomelanin usually results in a brown or reddish phenotype.

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  • These and most studies on animal pigmentation to date have focused on the melanin system, in which specialized cells known as melanocytes produce either of two pigments-eumelanin or pheomelanin-resulting in different tone and colour of skin, hair and feathers.

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  • However, if someone has high levels of pheomelanin, she will have light hair and dark hair if their pheomelanin levels are low.

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  • In each species, the gene governs coat colour by dictating the balance between production of dark coloured eumelanin and red-yellow coloured pheomelanin.

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  • With every step we slowly climb the ranks of these pheomelanin challenged masses, drawing ever closer to the point where we shall rise up and sieze the reigns of government and industry for our own ends!

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