Red hair: the luck of the neanderthals


The Field Guide to Health


Red hair is tracked as far back as Neanderthals, but now only a rare one percent of people boast this slight mutation of their MC1R gene on chromosome 16 (slightly different than the MC1R mutation in Neanderthals), which gives them their fiery locks.

The ginger gene sets folks apart in other ways too:

  • Red hair is a recessive trait, which means that you need a gene from each parent to inherit it, and since recessive traits often group together, redheads are also more likely to be left-handed.
  • Red haired folks have lower concentrations of melanin than your average brunette. So, while this allows Vitamin D to be produced more readily, it can also increase their risk of skin cancer.
  • And it’s not a red herring that redheads are harder than the general population to sedate with anesthesia.

If you’re really into it, there’s also a Dutch festival called Redhead Day where…

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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 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 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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