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  • What makes a person or animal albino?
  • Albinism is caused when a human or animal's cells are unable to produce melanin. "Melanin is  a dark pigment that results in a normal coloration of skin, scales, eyes, and hair."-mdc.mo.gov. A lack of melanin causes the animal or part of a animal to appear white or pink. Being white doesn't make an animal albino, the true test is if the animal has pink/violet or light colored eyes.
  • How can plants be partial albino?
  • The albino redwood behaves like a parasite, depending and using the parent tree's nutrients.  The albino redwood is technically partial albino, because it's trunk is brown, while the needles are white. The albino redwood has a slower growing rate than most trees.
  • “These sprouts cannot photosynthesize, stifling a redwood's photosynthetic efficiency, because they have little to no chlorophyll (the pigment that gives foliage its green hue). They are called “albino redwoods” because of their lack of pigmentation and ghostly white appearance.”-sempervirens.org
  • What are the chances that someone will have two different colored eyes?
  • Heterochromia occurs in less than 1% of the population.
  • Can a person have red eyes if they're albino?
  • It's a common myth that people with albinism have red eyes. It's not entirely true though. An albino person's eyes might look reddish or violet, but albino people can also have pale blue eyes, pale hazel or brown eyes, and pale green eyes.
  • SOURCES: MDC.MO.GOV, NATIONALGEOGRAHPIC.ORG, SEMPERVIRENS.ORG, ESSILORUSA.COM, ALBINISM.ORG
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