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March 2015

The Portrayal of Albinism in Pop Culture: A 360° Change From Previous Ideology

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(3):258. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.4003

Cultural references to albinism are as old as recorded history. With the discovery of tyrosinase deficiency in animals in 1904 and the first scientific report on albinism 4 years later by Sir Archibald Garrod to lay the groundwork,1 albinism became known as a group of genetic disorders that are characterized by a defect in the production of tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin.

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