Syndrome causes change in eye color in native Indonesian population

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In a country whose vast majority of the population has dark hair and eyes, a rare genetic syndrome has offered members of a native Indonesian tribe an impressive condition: the most striking and deep blue eyes. Called Waardenburg Syndrome, the hereditary disease usually causes changes in the color of hair, skin and / or eyes, as well as losses in different levels of hearing. In some cases, the syndrome turns only a blue eye, thus causing an even more disconcerting result – as shown by the photos taken by geographer Korchnoi Pasaribu and published here.






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The Buton people tribe live on the island of the same name, in the region of the Southeast Sulawesi province in Indonesia, where the population is affected by the condition. It is estimated that 1 in 42,000 people are born with Waardenburg Syndrome, and when he visited the region, Pasaribu – who in addition to being a geographer and also an amateur photographer – cannot fail to record the impressive genetic trait of the people there. The photos were posted on their networks, and quickly went viral.






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