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Racial Differences in the Fate of Melanosomes in Human Epidermis

Naturevolume 222pages10811082 (1969) | Download Citation

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MELANIN pigment in the skin is located in a very small granule, the melanosome1, which is barely visible in the light microscope. This melanosome is formed in the melanocyte and is transferred into the keratinizing or malpighian cell2.

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  1. Departments of Anatomy and Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, and Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

    • GEORGE SZABÓ
    • , ANTONIA B. GERALD
    • , MADHUKAR A. PATHAK
    •  & THOMAS B. FITZPATRICK

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