DNA tests for couples to check for ‘ginger gene’
COUPLES are being offered DNA tests to see if they are carrying the “ginger gene”.
Organisers of a heritage show are bracing themselves for an influx of couples keen to discover if they could produce red- headed children. Carriers of the gene variant can have ginger children even if neither parent has red hair.
A simple DNA test, available at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibition at London’s Olympia next month, can identify carriers.
Dr Jim Wilson, chief scientist at BritainsDNA – the ancestry company behind the test, said: “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.
“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 estimated that about four in ten people carry the red-head gene variant without having red hair – accounting for many surprise births.
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