Light Skin Mutation Stems From One Ancestor, Penn State University Study

Published: Jan 06, 2014

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All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person who most likely lived at least 10,000 years ago, according to researchers. While the genetics of skin color is largely unclear, past research using zebrafish by Penn State’s Keith Cheng identified a key gene that contributes to lighter skin color in Europeans and differs from West Africans.

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