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Fish help unlock mystery of our skin color
One gene may play big role in making some fish golden, some people white
The cellular changes of lightly pigmented golden zebrafish show a striking resemblance to those of lighter skinned humans. The zebrafish pigment gene SLC24A5 is functionally conserved across evolution; a single base change in its parallel human gene may play a role in pigment variation in human populations.
By Daniel B. Kane
Updated: 20 p.m. ET Dec. 15, 2005