To Jen, Andre, Newton, and ????
>Oh and to Dr Williams, The guy that we're getting the ferret from said that
>he heard that albino animals dont live as long as others because they lack
>strength in their immune system. Just wondered if this could be true.
No, I can't agree with that. The lackof pigmentation that we seen
in albinos is due to a lack of the enzyme tyrosinase which helps form
melanin pigment. However, the lack of this enzyme does not affect the
immune system in the least. I don't think that albinos are any
shorter-lived than any other type of ferret....
Bruce H. Williams, DVM Dept. of Veterinary Pathology
Chief Pathologist, AccuPath Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
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[Posted in FML issue 1222]