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That might lower levels of a hormone called melanin which, in turn, might boost the risk of breast cancer.
Some of them have albinism, in which the body doesn't produce a lot of melanin pigment.
So in theory, a dark-colored animal could use melanin to sequester these toxins, and even slough them off with its skin.
Perhaps the sea snakes, like the pigeons, had adapted to these pollutants by upping the levels of melanin in their scales.
The specks, which occur in about 60% of the population, are clusters of abnormal melanocytes, or melanin-generating cells, that sit on the surface of the iris.
Nonalbino animals have melanin in their pupils that absorbs incoming light, keeping it from reflecting off of the retina.
The recessive genetic condition, which limits the body's production of melanin and results in lack of pigmentation in skin, hair and eyes — often leading to skin cancer or eye damage — affects as many as 1 in every 1,400 people in Africa.
The team is also interested in seeing whether this process could benefit people with skin conditions like vitiligo, an autoimmune disease where parts of the skin stop producing melanin, causing a patchy appearance.
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