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Originally posted by Growling Lion
I remember reading a story once that said we all come from Africa and that white people are nothing more than a genetic mutation.
I wonder what would happen if black albinos
I always felt that nationalities look they way they do because they interbred many years ago and all are related from a long time ago. Please put in your two cents.
I wonder what would happen if black albinos were to all stick together and to try to get away and form a new group. Would all of the people stay white or if they interbred would they all stay white?
Recent research has used analysis of DNA, the chemical which encodes genetic information, to arrive at a more firm classification system for albinism. Type 1 albinism (also called tyrosinase-related albinism) is the type involving almost no pigmentation. Type 1 albinism results from a genetic defect in an enzyme called tyrosinase. This enzyme helps the body to change the amino acid tyrosine into pigment. (An amino acid is a "building block" of protein, and comes from protein in the diet.) Type 2, a type with slight pigmentation, results from a defect in a different gene called the "P" gene.
Originally posted by Gazrok
According to the research, we started in Africa, then branched out, so white skin would have been a later development, as would lighter hair, as we entered colder climes (which is why even today it is predominant in cooler climates).
Although I agree that white skin was a "later development" due to different environmental factors, I have to wonder how you would explain the Eskimos remaining brown with black hair? The Eskimos are obviously "older" than the whites.... :-?