Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes, which are found in your skin, hair and eyes. Albinism is caused by a mutation in one of these genes. Different types of albinism can occur, based mainly on which gene mutation caused the disorder.
Can a normal person become albino?
With autosomal recessive inheritance, an individual must receive faulty copies of a gene from the mother and father to develop albinism. The parent who carries the gene often does not show symptoms. If both parents carry the gene but have no symptoms, there is a 1 in 4 chance that their offspring will have albinism.
How can albinism be prevented?
Albinism cannot be prevented, as it is an inherited (genetic) condition rather than an illness. Gene testing can be used to determine if a fetus has albinism.
Is Being albino bad?
Skin complications People with albinism have skin that is very sensitive to light and sun exposure. Sunburn is one of the most serious complications associated with albinism because it can increase the risk of developing skin cancer and sun damage-related thickening of the skin.