March 18, 2010

Albinism is a congenital disorder that is characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin hair and eyes. It is a result of an enzyme that is involved in the production of melanin. It is usually a result of recessive genes. But sometimes it can be caused by mutations. A result of albinism is many problems with the eyes, easily sunburned, or cancer.

All vertebrates can be affected by albinism. Animals with albinism have a hard time camouflaging themselves and can't hide from predators or prey, making it hard to survive.

Humans with albinism are often disliked, abused, and sometimes killed in certain countries. In some countries they are used in witchcraft. It is very tragic. But still there are famous people in history who were albino, including historical figures, actors, and musicians.

Rebekah Parsons
March 19, 2010