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Research Article

Association of the OCA2 Polymorphism His615Arg with Melanin Content in East Asian Populations: Further Evidence of Convergent Evolution of Skin Pigmentation

  • Melissa Edwards,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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  • Abigail Bigham,

    Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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  • Jinze Tan,

    Affiliation: School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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  • Shilin Li,

    Affiliation: School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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  • Agnes Gozdzik,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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  • Kendra Ross,

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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  • Li Jin,

    Affiliation: School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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  • Esteban J. Parra mail

    esteban.parra@utoronto.ca

    Affiliation: Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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  • Published: March 05, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000867

About the Authors

Melissa Edwards, Agnes Gozdzik, Kendra Ross, Esteban J. Parra
Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Abigail Bigham
Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Jinze Tan, Shilin Li, Li Jin
School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Corresponding Author

Email: esteban.parra@utoronto.ca

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LJ EJP. Performed the experiments: ME JT SL AG. Analyzed the data: ME AB LJ EJP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: ME AB JT KR EJP. Wrote the paper: ME EJP.