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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.

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