From genesis to gene sequencing: historical progress in the understanding of skin color

George W M Millington, Nick J Levell

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Since at least biblical times, humans have pondered on why there might be variation in skin color and what might constitute the nature of that difference. In this article, two historical trails are followed, one beginning with the Ancient Greeks, the other with the Ancient Chinese. These two paths converge to provide us with some historical evidence to back recent scientific discoveries in the dynamic regulation of skin pigmentation, focusing on melanocyte-stimulating hormone and its natural antagonist agouti-signaling protein.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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