The world is a colorful place, and pigments are responsible for coloring everything in nature…from the needles of evergreen trees to your pet’s fur to the skin and eyes of your loved ones. Melanin, the black pigment found in humans, generates eye, hair and skin color, but we do not completely understand how it is generated. With a better understanding of the biology of melanin, is it possible to modify the amount made to protect ourselves from the sun? Can we find new treatments for pigment cell diseases such as melanoma and albinism?
At this Science on Tap, Cynthia Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics at WSU Vancouver, will describe the complexity and beauty of pigment, the hard work it does in your skin, and how using zebrafish as a model can help us better understand how pigment develops and functions in humans.
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