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Light skin and dark skin differ in:


  1. Number of melanocytes present

  2. Number of epidermal cells present

  3. Retention of melanin by the cells

  4. Rate and amount of melanin produced


Solution

The correct option is C

Retention of melanin by the cells


The variation in skin colour is not because of more melanocytes but due to retention of a greater amount of melanin after the cells are no longer able to divide. People with lighter shades of skin breakdown most of their melanin.

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