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Redheads May Have Different Pain Thresholds – New Research Reveals Why – SciTechDaily

Study in red-haired mice uncovers mechanisms involved and suggests new treatment strategies for pain.
New research led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provides insights on why people with red hair exhibit altered sensitivity to certain kinds of pain. The findings are published in Science Advances.
In people with red hair (as in numerous other species of animals with red fur), the pigment-producing cells of the skin–called melanocytes–contain a variant form of the melanocortin…

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