Spiegler's "white melanin" as related to dominant or recessive white

Gortner, Ross Aiken (August 1910) Spiegler's "white melanin" as related to dominant or recessive white. The American Naturalist, 44 (524). pp. 497-502.

URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/2...
DOI: 10.1086/279164


Dominant and recessive whites in the Mendelian sense, have no relation to the presence of Speigler's "white melanin." 2. The "white melanin" was found to be present in all forms of keratin structure which were studied, but in very small amounts as compared with true melanin from black wool. 3. In view of the small percentage of "white melanin" found, Spiegler's view that it is an "oxidized black" seems impossible; neither is tiffs view upheld by a study of Spiegler's work. 4. It seems highly probable that Spiegler's "white melanin" bears no relation to true melanins, but is a decomposition product of the keratin. 5. A theory is advanced that dominant whites are due to the presence of an anti-oxydase which prevents pigment formation; recessive whites, on the other hand, have neither power to form pigments nor to inhibit the formation.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: evolution
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Communities: Station for Experimental Evolution at Cold Spring Harbor
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: August 1910
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2013 17:11
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 14:48
URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/26866

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