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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DNA project aims to count Scots redheads

7 November 2012 

DNA project aims to count Scots redheads

Dr Who companion Karen Gillan
is one of Scotland's most famous
red heads 

A project is being launched which aims to find out how many people in Scotland carry the red hair gene.

Researchers from the ScotlandsDNA project also hope to discover why Scotland appears to have the most red-headed people in the world.

Only about 1-2% of the world's population has red hair, but in Scotland the figure is much higher at around 13% or about 650,000 people.

The information will be used to make a "ginger" map of the British Isles.

Researchers at the ScotlandsDNA project believe the figure for Scottish red hair gene carriers may be much higher, and could be as many as 1.6m.  (...)

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  1. That. Is. AWESOME. Hah! I've always loved red hair and have occasionally lamented the fact that I did not bear a trace of it. (I'm more brown with blond highlights) But this is cool. My best friend lives in Scotland and is red haired.... maybe I should send him this linky..... :)

  2. That sounds like a good idea to me. ;)


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