17- How To Make An Eye Colour

Eye colour is one of the first examples of genetic inheritance talked about in schools across the country. But what is it that these genes really do? What causes eye colour from a functional perspective? As we’ll see on the podcast today, it’s all to do with the pigment melanin…

Sources for this episode: 1) Sturm, R. A. and Frudakis, T. N. (2004), Eye colour: portals into pigmentation genes and ancestry. Trends in Genetics 20(8): 327- 332. 2) Alberts, Johnson, Lewis Raff, Roberts, and Walter (2008), Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fifth Edition, p.786. Abingdon: Garland Science, Taylor and Francis Group LLC.

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