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    cohanja
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    http://www.lanereport.com/35054/2014/07/uk-researchers-say-a-genetic-defect-makes-people-more-susceptible-to-developing-melanoma/

    From the way my skin reacts to the sun, it would seem I fit this defect. Which in hindsight makes me wonder even more how I could have kept burning my skin so many times over and over again, you would have thought I’d have learned. As a kid, I just didn’t think about these things.

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    wpatterson4
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    Is the Lane Report really trying to pass this off as news? Defects in MC1R have been known to be a risk factor for melanoma for a very long time. That’s what causes red hair in people who inherit two mutated versions of the gene. I hate it when some discovery that was made years ago is presented as something entirely new by the media.

    Edit: It does go on to say that they discovered at least one new thing about this. Maybe I should have read a little further.

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    wpatterson4
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    As a non-redhead who’s afflicted by this condition, I honestly hope I live long enough to see technology that can transfer my consciousness to a genetically engineered body with tanning capability. Ray Kurzweil swears it will happen. Let the upload begin.

    On a more serious note, everyone frets about the advent of such things, but consider the possibilities. I wonder if the restoration of our ability to produce vitamin C, for instance, would be beneficial in the fight against cancers such as melanoma.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18764764

    In the words of Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby, ” It’s just exciting that we’re trying things like that. “

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