What causes someone to be born an albino?

 
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Posted on May. 20th, 2008

Albinism is mostly a recessively inherited disease, which means that you have inherited two albinism genes (one from each parent). If your parents are only carriers of albinism (each having one albinism gene and one normal gene) they will have enough genetic information to make normal pigment and will not show any signs of albinism.

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Posted on May. 20th, 2008

Albinism or "hypomelanosis" is a result of genetics. The gene for hypomelanosis is a recessive gene, therefore both parents must be carriers of this recessive gene in order to produce a child with hypomelanosis. The condition itself is from a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, hair and skin.

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Posted on May. 20th, 2008

Albinism is a lack of melanin pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. It is hereditary and it is the only way to get it.

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Posted on May. 27th, 2008

I believe its an autoimmune diesease. Where your body views some element as a foreign agent (like the pancrease producing insulin (diabetes)) and attacks it respectively.

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