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Albinism

Rare hereditary deficiency of melanin, the pigment responsible for the colour of the skin, hair and eyes. The condition occurs in approximately 1 in 20,000 people, but more frequently in certain families. If an albino is born into a family then there is a roughly 20 per cent chance that a subsequent child will also be an albino. Albinos have pale skin, very sensitive to the sun because the pigment also normally protects against this. The hair is pale blond to white.

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