Albinism?

In 2005, our lab uncovered one of the most pervasive genetic mutations on SLC24A5, the contributor to the light skin color of Europeans. When compared to Africans, Europeans are 10-20 times more susceptible to the deadliest form of skin cancer—melanoma. Despite their similarly light skin color, East Asians have melanoma incidences similar to Africans.

linguistically “whiteness” = “albinism”…

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Light Skin Comes from Asia

About 20,000 years ago, a person lived somewhere in the Middle East or Central Asia who bequeathed the genetic coding variant for lighter skin not only to all Europeans, but also many Indian people.

“We don’t know if this human dwelt in Mesopotamia, Iran, or the valley of Fergana, but clearly that’s where the light skin color has its beginnings,” said Richard Villems, a professor of archaeogenetics at the University of Tartu.

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