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.
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.
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.