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.