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We’re happy to report that none of these are true. Those with the albino disorder are virtually identical to people without it. The main difference obviously results in the lack of pigmentation, though some side symptoms include vision problems and higher susceptibility to the sun – both of which can be treated.
Though people with albino disorder are often teased or ridiculed, we’re here to try and change that. In this list, we dig into the scientific facts about albinism, including: Is it contagious? Do people with albino disorder die younger? and, what causes albinism? As a genetic condition, albino disorder is equivalent to having blond hair rather than brown hair. Despite the destigmatization of people with albino disorder which has started taking root, plenty of doubt and confusion exists around this disorder.
Let’s sort this out in this list of 23 facts about Albinism.Follow @newslexpoint
1 – To sum it up, albinism is genetic and thus is not contagious. And it doesn’t make anyone less of a person. It’s as genetic as having brown hair or blond hair, and we don’t think less of people with brown or blond hair, so why should anyone think differently about a person with this kind of disorder?
2- Currently, there is no treatment which can cause the body to produce melanin and lessen the symptoms of albinism.
3- Some lesser-informed men in East Africa – especially Tanzania which has the largest population of people with albinism in Africa – believe that the mother of an albino child was unfaithful with a white man or that the baby is the ghost of a former European colonist.
4- Scientists can test if a parent has an albino gene by testing if a hair follicle produces melanin.
5- This disorder is most common in various groups of sub-Saharan Africa. Some evolutionary biologists argue that when we transitioned from primate to hominid and lost most of our hair, the skin below the now-non-existent hair would have been pale. People who produced more melanin (and thus had darker skin) are thought to have had an evolutionary advantage.
6- Related to albinism is a skin condition called vitiligo where only some parts of the skin lose their pigment. Notable people to have vitiligo include the late Michael Jackson and America’s Next Top Model contestant Winnie Harlow.
8- To be born with albino disorder, a baby must have defective genes from both its parents. If the baby inherits one normal and one albinism gene, enough melanin will be produced by the normal gene
11- Albinism can occur in any vertebrate in the animal world as well.
12-People with albinism face persecution and bullying all over the world. Some of this comes from beliefs that they are cursed or that their body parts have magical powers when used by witch doctors.
13- One in 17,000 people have some form of albinism gene. Though it affects the sexes equally, males are more likely to have ocular albinism: a lack of pigment in the eyes.This is not a Paywall, but Newslex Point's journalism consumes a lot of time, hard-work and money. That's why we're kindly requesting our readers to support us in anyway they can, for as little as $1 or more, you can support us .
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