However, they cannot see the blackboard. One of the many things the Red Cross is doing to help albino children is to make sure they learn how to read braille since many of them are nearly blind. They also provide eyeglasses and magnifying glasses to help them read.
Albinos are extremely susceptible to developing skin cancer. Their bodies do not produce Melanin, resulting in their skin having no pigmentation and no natural protection from the sun. Albinos should always wear hats and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. According to a study done by the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer Education Branch in Stockholm, Sweden, African albinos typically form skin tumors on their faces and necks.
With a lack of proper medical treatment, these tumors can become massive, and it often leads to an early death. According to that study, African albinos usually do not survive past 30 years old. As a result, they contract AIDS as well.
Since albinos are so often rejected from society, many of them decided to start their own community on the small Ukerewe Island, which is off the coast of Tanzania.
As of , around 70 albino people live there. However, living on Ukerewe does not guarantee that albinos are safe. Despite the fact that they are three hours away from the much larger Mwanza City, an albino man named Alfred Kapole was attacked in Ukerewe. He was raised by his parents on the island, who wanted to give him a better life. Kapole realized that so long as outsiders still believed that albinos are magic, they will never be safe.
We do not disappear. We live and die like normal people. On the opposite end of the color spectrum from albinos are those animals with an overproduction of color pigment. This condition, known as melanism MEL-uh-niz-um , gives the animal a black or much darker than normal appearance. Survival is improved for these melanistic animals.
Their additional pigmentation protects them from sunlight exposure and increases their ability to absorb heat in cold weather. The darker coloration also makes it easier for those animals active at night to conceal themselves. Albinism, xanthorism, and melanism are abnormal color conditions and should not be confused with color differences within a species caused by age, time of year, or a condition called dichromatism di-KRO-muh-tiz-um , which means having two color phases independent of age or sex.
Screech owls are a good example of dichromatism. They can be born with either reddish brown or gray coloration, and both color phases may appear in the same brood. For years the blue goose was thought to be a separate species from the snow goose, but biologists now know they are just different color phases of the same species. Seasonal differences in color occur through shedding or molting. One of the more drastic seasonal changes is accomplished by the shorttail weasel when it trades its brown summer coat for a white winter coat and black-tipped tail.
In , a Swiss research team found and isolated the dominant white gene. The individuals that tested for the gene were all heterozygous, leading the researchers to speculate that the gene is likely lethal in its homozygous form.
These horses were a mix of white and partially white-patterned horses; phenotypically, they appeared to be sabinos. A lethal white overo LWO is produced when a foal is homozygous for the frame overo gene meaning it carries 2 copies of the gene, one from each parent.
It causes foals to be born with so extreme an overo pattern that they are entirely white or nearly so. Frame is dominant, like all other pinto patterns, but it is only lethal in its homozygous state. When this happens, the resulting foal is born white, but sadly, it has an incomplete digestive track, and it dies within 72 hours of birth.
This is the only white-pattern known to be lethal. Horses that carry only one frame gene are heterozygous and thus not lethal for the trait but may pass it on to their offspring. Obviously, not all overos are lethal in the homozygous stateonly frames, not sabinos or splash whites. However, patterns can easily be combined in an individual, and frame may not be obvious if the horse is minimally marked or carries other patterns as well. For this reason, a test has been devised to determine which horses do carry frame as a safety precaution for breeders.
For more information, please click here. As we've seen above, other extreme pinto patterns, like sabino and splash white, can produce viable completely "white" maximum-expression pinto horses. Grey: Many people see a horse like the one pictured at left and assume he is white. He is, however, a grey. The albinism gene is "recessive" — it does not result in albinism unless a person has two copies of the gene for albinism and no copy of the gene that makes normal pigment.
When both parents carry the gene, and neither parent has albinism, there is a one in four chance at each pregnancy that the baby will be born with albinism. Mammals - part 1. Mammals - part 2.
Mammals - part 3. Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians. Prairie Dog. Budgerigar Budgie, Parakeet 2. All photos and diagrams that appear on this webpage are used for educational, non-commercial purposes as allowed by the Fair Use doctrine. Visitors since 30 Dec Go to the HOME page. They are not true biological albinos, however, as they have blue or sometimes brown eyes rather than pink.
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