Human color genes
Name: Pamela A McDermott
What genes give a person their skin color, eye color, etc.?
There seem to be several genes that interact to give colors to all of our
various body parts. There are some genes that just say "make color" and there are
other genes that code to make different components of pigments. For example, there
might be a gene to make blue pigment and gene to make yellow pigment. Together
they would make pigments that might look green together. This is not something
that is thoroughly understood yet, and scientists don't even know how many genes
are involved in color, much less where they all are.
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Update: June 2012