Ginger Gene

New DNA Test Reveals Whether You Carry The Ginger Gene

Ginger Gene
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There’s nothing more shocking to a couple of non-redheaded parents than giving birth to a ginger baby, but a new DNA test can let people know whether or not they carry the “ginger gene.”

It is possible for non-gingers to give birth to ginger children, as a gene variant does exist in many non-gingers.

A simple DNA test to see if one carries such a variant will be available at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition at Olympia in London next month.

“Through a simple saliva test to determine deep ancestry, we can also identify whether an individual is a carrier of any of the three common red-head variants in the gene MC1R,” said Dr. Jim Wilson, chief scientist at BritainsDNA.

“This means that families can carry a variant for generations, and when one carrier has children with another carrier, a red-headed baby can appear seemingly out of nowhere.”

It is established that 40% of the population carries the variant without having red hair themselves.

So don’t fret if you’re the father of a new redhead and neither you nor your wife don a single red hair — it doesn’t necessarily mean she’s cheating on you.

Hugh Everett | Elite.

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