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Professor Donna Heddle is the director for both the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Nordic Studies. She is a leading expert on the Norse and has reached the conclusion that Scotland's famous red hair is a vestige from the invading Vikings. If the compelling case which Heddle makes is true, it means…

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Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland

Blood of the Irish: What DNA Tells Us About the Ancestry of People in Ireland

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2% of the world's population are born with red hair. 13%of Scotland's population are redheads. 2 out of 5 carry the gene. 125 million dollars was spent on red hair dye in 2008. It is estimated that true redheads will be extinct by 2100 (scary!!).

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MC1R Project by Michelle Marshall | Documenting the incidence of the MC1R gene mutation, responsible for red hair and freckles, amongst black/mixed raced individuals.

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Are Redheads Mutants

Tales of a Ranting Ginger: Are Redheads Mutants ? Infographic

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The redhead gene is not becoming extinct. In August 2007, many news organizations reported that redheads would become extinct, possibly as early as 2060, due to the gene for red hair being recessive. Although redheads may become more rare, they will not die out unless everyone who carries the gene dies or fails to reproduce. This misconception has been around since at least 1865, and often resurfaces in American newspapers.

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A mutation in the MCR1 gene causes RED HAIR. Therefore, I am a MUTANT. Sorry, I have to keep my other super powers a secret. cafepress.com

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recessive recessive ~ to have red hair, she has to inherit two copies of the recessive gene (melanocortin 1 receptor, MC1R) one from each parent.

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