Redheads Don’t Have It All

LAST TIME SOMEONE GUESSED MY AGE…IT WAS AT LEAST TEN YEARS OVER!

The Phoenix Series

By Sunny Ripert (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons By Sunny Ripert (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

It’s almost carnival season and time for booths where you’ll pay someone to guess your age. If you are one of those guessers, pay attention to a new study. If the person in front of you has red hair and pale skin, guess their age and subtract two.

A new study on genes and age perception implies that people with two copies of variant forms of MC1R, genes that give them red hair and pale skin, look up to two years older to the casual observer.

Test subjects were shown pictures of faces and told to estimate the person’s age. They consistently guessed that people with two copies of the gene looked older than the pictures of people of the same age who did not have the gene. People with only one copy of the gene were also consistently estimated to be older than…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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