Do albino's still produce melanocytes or do they lack
them..etc - what happens to these cells in the case of albinism? or is
albinism a result of malfunctioning melanocytes?
Tricky question...melanocytes are by definition those cells that are in the
epidermis above the germinitival layer that produce melanin so functionally
they are not there but the cells that could produce the melanin if the
gene(s) for it was active are there.
Peter Faletra Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor
Office of Science
Department of Energy