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    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.


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

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